PETER FOWLER has blitzed the field at the 2012 ISPS Handa Australian Senior Open with a six shot victory at the Royal Perth Golf Club.
Going into the final round with a three stroke lead on Sunday, Fowler stormed home with a 2-under par 70 to leave joint runners-up David Merriman and Michael Harwood in his wake.
Teeing off in near perfect conditions, Fowler got off to a strong start with a birdie on the par 4 first hole, backing it up quickly with further birdies on the fourth and seventh holes.
A bogey on eight was disappointing but not threatening to his 6 shot lead over the rest of the field.
Turning at 2-under the card, Fowler played confident golf on the back nine finishing out his round with a par on 18 to cement his win.
Fowler led the 54 hole tournament all the way after opening the first round with a five-under 67 to share the top of the leaderboard with Terry Price. He consolidated his advantage with another 2-under 70 on Saturday for a tournament total of 207.
While accepting the trophy from Chairman of Golf Australia John Hopkins, Fowler thanked his coach and caddy Craig Bishop who he credited with “getting his head right and really turning his game around over the past two and a half years”.
An emotional Fowler also thanked his wife Kim and family back home in New Zealand who have all supported him over a long and impressive golfing career.
The honour of the Australian Senior Open title comes 29 years after Fowler won the Australian Open title in 1983. He joins a growing list of champions of the prestigious title including Harwood, Wayne Grady, and Peter Senior.
Fowler will take his winning form to Mauritius next week to contend the European Senior Tour season ending event the MCB Tour Championship.
Merriman and Harwood, who finished with scores of 70, 71, 72 and 72, 70, 71 (213) consecutively, will also take their strong form to the event in Mauritius next week.
Michael Clayton had the round of the day shooting 5-under par 67 to finish in the tie for 4th with Tim Elliott (214).
Peter Senior was a stroke further back in sixth place with a total score of 215.Australian Senior Open Final Results