FIFTY ONE year old Peter Senior has become the oldest winner of the Australian PGA Championship after he defeated Geoff Ogilvy on the second playoff hole of the rain interrupted tournament.
The pair finished locked together at 12 under after 72 holes after play resumed at 6am (AEST) on Monday morning at the Hyatt Regency Coolum following Sunday’s suspension of play due to heavy rain.
Australian Open winner Ogilvy set the pace earlier, signing for a six under 66 before Senior birdied the 18th for a 71 to force a sudden death.
The birdie was a great comeback for Senior who had to sit out the night knowing the tee shot he hit on the tenth moments before play was abandoned was in deep trouble in the middle of the trees.
Senior was leading by one stroke at that stage but when play resumed he bogeyed that hole while Ogilvy struck with an immediate birdie to make it a three way tie for the lead with Peter Fowler.
Senior and Ogilvy both narrowly missed birdie putts when they returned to the 18th for the first extra hole but then but then Ogilvy three-putted for bogey leaving Senior to claim his third PGA title with par.
Senior previously won the championship in 1989 and 2003 and the win today means he has won as a pro in five separate decades.
The Queenslander has been in great form of late, winning the 2010 Australian Senior Open in Perth, finishing at 5 under and tied for 21st at the Australian Open in Sydney and coming off a very successful debut year on the US Champions Tour.
Two-time winner at Coolum Nick O’Hern (69), Andre Stolz (71) and Senior’s fellow veteran Peter Fowler (71) all missed out on the playoff by just a shot, Stolz after making bogey and O’Hern and Fowler when they both missed birdie putts.
A shot further back and tied for sixth place were Richard Green (68), Matthew Griffin (68), Aaron Townsend (73) and American Bobby Gates (74) who had led after each of the first three rounds.
John Senden (71) and Japan’s Akio Sadakata (73) rounded out the top 10 on minus nine, one shot ahead of defending champion Robert Allenby (70) and China’s Liang Wenchong (71) and two clear of Marc Leishman (66) and Brad Kennedy (68).