SOUTH AFRICAN David Frost has held his nerve in a showdown with Fred Couples to take his first senior major championship at the 2013 Regions Tradition in Alabama.
Even a late rain delay couldn’t dampen Frost’s resolve as he parred the final two holes to hold on for a one-stroke victory over the American Hall of Famer.
It was Frost’s first major title in 17 attempts on the US Champions Tour, his second win of the season and fifth career win on the 50-and-over tour. He now leads the season long Schwab Cup points race.
“We came in from the break and I said to myself, It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “Freddy’s got nothing to lose. He’s going to go out there and hit the shots and fire at the pins. I’ve just got to kind of accept it and be up to the challenge.”
Couples and Frost both shot 4-under 68, with Frost finishing a stroke ahead at 16-under.
“We both played very hard today. I don’t know who wanted it more, me or him,” said Frost, who took over the points lead from Bernhard Langer. “He’s just such a tough competitor. I didn’t think I had it in me, all the good shots he hit out there. I just had to try to stay on top of him.”
Australia’s Peter Senior again had a commendable tournament, also finishing with a 68 to be tied for 12th on 9-under.
Senior had three sub –par rounds (including an opening 67) and was only let down by a 1-over 73 on Saturday.
In his first senior major, Steve Elkington was another closing with 68, finishing tied for 19th on 7-under.
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