PETER SENIOR fired a seven-under 65 to equal the course record and lead the Handa Australian Senior Open by two strokes at the Royal Perth Golf Club today.
Showing the benefit of his outstanding rookie year on the US Champions Tour, Senior had a bogey free round and in the process hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation.
“I played the par fives really well, birdied them all and hit a couple of close ones,” Senior said.
“(But) you’ve still got two days to go and this is the sort of golf course where if you have an off day with your driver you can post two or three over very quickly. You never take anything for granted in this game.”
Peter Fowler is alone in second place at five-under with NSW club professional Peter Criss third after a two-under round of 70.
Defending champion Michael Harwood is in a group of six on one-under tied for fourth place.
None of the tournament’s four major winners, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam, Ian Baker-Finch and Wayne Grady had their games going to plan and have a job ahead of them to close the gap on Senior over the weekend.
Senior said the conditions were extremely draining especially for the European players who have come from relatively cold weather to be confronted by a 37 degree day.
“They are not in tune with the conditions and the need to drink water all the way around the course,” the 51 year old Queenslander said.
“Any time you shoot a score like today, irrespective of whether you lead by one or two, you’ve played a terrific round of golf,” he said.
“It is a nice start – and hopefully I can keep it going, but these guys can play.”
“It doesn’t matter whether you are two or thee in front – this is the sort of course where you can post two or three over if your driver is off – you can never take anything for granted.”