RECENT Australian Senior Open winner Peter Fowler made a dramatic comeback on the final day of the 2012 European Senior Tour season but in the end fell one stroke short of forcing a playoff.
Fowler began the final round of the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius seven strokes behind eventual winner David Frost of South Africa but fought back with a 3-under 69 to share second place with England’s Barry Lane, who chipped in for an eagle on the last to post a 70.
Fowler birdied 6, 10 and 13 and then joined the leader with another on 15. A birdie on 17 saw him post what was to become the clubhouse leading score of 10-under but he really needed another on 18.
Frost had a nervous stretch around the turn with a triple and a double to give his rivals hope but a tap in birdie on the last to take him to 11-under sealed his victory.
Fowler was disappointed to lose a close one but did preserve fourth place on the tour’s Order of Merit, a title he won last year.
“It’s been a long season and I was glad I could keep going,” Fowler said. “Frosty was way out in front and I just had a bit too much to do. He had a few hiccups today which gave us a chance, but I should have birdied the last. I never thought about winning at all as he was so far clear but it’s been another good year though.”
The man who succeeds him as the Order of Merit winner is double Senior Major Champion Roger Chapman, who signed off his superb 2012 season with a two over par 74 to finish in tied 15th position on three under par.
Chapman, 2012 winner of the US Senior PGA Championship and the US Senior Open, was presented with the John Jacobs Trophy, becoming the first Englishman to win it since Carl Mason in 2007.
Terry Price (74) was the next best placed Aussie on 1-over tied for 25th while Mike Harwood finished with a 2-under 70 to finish on 4-over for the 54 holes tied on 33rd.
Harwood was 16th on the Order of Merit and Price 18th.2012 MCB Tour Championship Final Leaderboard