PETER SENIOR is back in Australia for the big end of year tournaments and should be brimming with confidence after his best finish of 2013 on the US Champions Tour on Sunday.
Senior finished tied for second behind Fred Couples at the season ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco to round out another very successful campaign in the US.
The 54 year old’s T2 finish was his best showing in the championship tournament in four appearances and his check for US$214,33 increased his 2013 earnings to US$1,150,411, the third year in succession he has reached the US$1 million mark.
Senior will probably have slightly mixed emotions that he has now won US$4,483,977 in 95 starts, the most money won by a Champions Tour player without a victory, an average of $47,200 per start.
The native Queenslander alluded to his lack of a win in four years on the tour after his record equalling opening round 8-under 63, to lead the prestigious tournament by a stroke.
”That’s the only disappointing thing,” Senior told the media. ”It’s such a great tour and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a little disappointing I haven’t won in four years. You’ve got to be fortunate at the right times and I haven’t done enough down the stretch, going par, par, par when I needed a birdie to make the difference. Hopefully, it might happen.”
Unfortunately he again fell short of first place, ending with a fourth round 2-under 69 to be tied second with Bernhard Langer (67) and Mark O’Meara (70) on 11-under, four behind Couples (69).
Kenny Perry’s 10-under T5 finish was enough for him to win the year long points race Charles Schwab Cup and the US$1 million annuity that goes with it.
Senior was due back in Australia on Wednesday and will tee it up at the Australian PGA Championship at the RACV Royal Pines, an event he last won in 2010.
“I’ll be a little buggered but I always enjoy playing tournaments at home,” Senior told the US media before leaving. “It’s nothing we haven’t done before. Australian and South Africa are always the same. They’ve got their tours at the end of every season and if you want to go home and support your own tour then that’s what we’ve got to do.”
At least Senior, who of course is reigning Australian Open champion, will have the luxury of sleeping in his own bed, with his Hope Island home just 10 minutes from Royal Pines.
Elkington finishes with four top tens
In the end, Senior finished 14th on the Champions Tour money list after nine top ten finishes.
In his rookie year on the over 50’s US circuit, Steve Elkington finished 31st in the standings after four top tens.Charles Schwab Cup Championship Final Results