AFTER equalling the course record in the first round, Peter Senior was never heading in winning the 2010 Handa Australian Senior Open by three strokes in Perth.
Despite dropping two shots on the back nine, the 51 year old comfortably held all challengers at bay at the Royal Perth Golf Club.
“It’s been a great week. The course was sensational and it’s been great to see the European boys out here playing,” Senior said after his win on Sunday.
Senior topped the leaderboard for the whole tournament with rounds of 65, 70 and a steady 72 on the last day, finishing at nine under par.
He made amends for his performance last year when he narrowly missed out in the play off to fellow Australian Michael Harwood.
This year, Senior played it safe on the back nine and never looked in doubt, with none of the contending group behind him, including compatriot Peter Fowler, able to come through.
The battle for second place was hotly contested and was won by Scotland’s two-time Major winner Sandy Lyle, who shot three under par 69 to fend off the challenge from Frenchman Marc Farry, England’s Gary Wolstenholme and DJ Russell.
“I would have liked to have played a little bit better coming down the stretch. I think I played a little bit safe, which is why I made a few mistakes, but nobody really came after me,” Senior said.
“I’m really happy to finish on top, especially after what happened last year, when I let a lot of guys in. To win golf tournaments whether it’s Senior or the main Tour you’ve still got to play well to win. It still feels great winning tournaments.”
Pleased with his march up the leaderboard following a steady 73 on the first day and fending off Wolstehnhome on the final hole, Lyle said: “I’ve really enjoyed playing here. Royal Perth is a real gem of a course. Dr Handa has done a wonderful job with the European Senior Tour worldwide. Although it will be a lot cooler I’m looking forward to Japan next week.”
Defending champion Mike Harwood finished fourth on 4-under after very competitive rounds of 71, 71 and 70.
Fowler failed to fire on the final day after making 67 and 71 in the first two rounds. His three over par 75 pushed him well down the results board in sixth position, alongside four other players including Scotland’s Bill Longmuir who posted the best score for the day at four under par, 68.
In his long awaited return to competitive golf, Ian Baker-Finch improved as the tournament went on with rounds of 75, 71 and 70.
He finished even with the card tied for 15th.
This year the Australian Senior Open was for the first time co-sanctioned with the European Senior Tour, which now heads to the Handa Cup Senior Masters in Japan.