Couples wins, Senior 11th

Couples on his way to his first Champions Tour victoryFRED COUPLES has won at his first appearance in a full field US Champions Tour event while fellow tour rookie, Australian Peter Senior, finished a very creditable 11th.

Senior pocketed US$32,000 to help get his over-50 American professional golf tour season off to a great start at the ACE Group Classic in Florida.

Couples showed he will be a major Champions Tour force – if the body holds out – by overcoming a record-tying final round by another senior’s rookie, Tommy Armour III.

Armour shot a final round 61, a tour record equalling 11 under, while Couples “plodded” along with a 64.

Couples, who at one point had a five-shot lead, ended up winning by a stroke with a 17 under 199. Scott Hoch, the 2008 champion, finished third at 9 under.

Senior had a very consistent tournament, playing three rounds of 71 and finishing with a 3 under 213.

The only other Australian in the field was Graham March, who finished 64th.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017


  1. Good start for Senior. For some reason I have full confidence he’ll win out there this year. Couples is dominating early in the piece but Senior will get a win at some stage. He’s just too consistent.

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