PETER “CHOOK” FOWLER ended a two year wait for a maiden European Senior Tour title and gave himself an early birthday present with a three stroke victory in the 2011 ISPS Handa Senior Masters in England at the weekend.
In the US, fellow senior Aussie golfer Peter Senior recorded his fifth consecutive top ten finish on the Champions Tour.
Fowler celebrates his 52nd birthday on Thursday and will have double cause for celebration after carding a final round 70 to finish on ten under par 209 for the tournament.
Fowler initially struggled with a back injury upon joining the Senior Tour in June 2009 but was runner up to Sandy Lyle in the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship in China in March, and he continued that form at Stapleford Park in Melton Mowbray, England, posting a second consecutive bogey free round to secure the title.
“I’ve been trying to win again for the last 18 years so this is a great feeling,” said Fowler, who won the 1993 BMW International Open on The European Tour.
“I’ve been trying to beat these guys for years now and I’ve finally got one up on them. I played with (Scotland’s) Andrew Oldcorn and (Victorian) Michael Harwood for the final two rounds and they are two class players. Both have won the PGA Championship and many other tournaments so it was hard work to stay in front.
“I’ve played solidly for the last six months now with lots of rehab to help my back and it’s been a gradual progress. I had a couple of small wins in Tasmania and South Australia in two round tournaments so I had a bit of practice winning and that really helped this week.
“When I had back surgery two years ago I didn’t know if I would even play Tour golf again so this victory means a lot.”
Fowler and Harwood fired five-under 68’s to share the lead after the first round and just one stroke separated them going into the final day but the big Victorian faded to finish in 9th place.
Oldcorn had also started the final day one behind Fowler and ended with a 72, putting him at 7-under in second place.
Senior 9th in Iowa
A final hole bogey was a costly mistake for Peter Senior at the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa but his tournament total of 9-under was enough for his fifth consecutive top ten on the lucrative US Champions Tour on Monday.
Senior shot rounds of 67, 67 and 70 to finish five strokes behind the winner, American Bob Gilder, who took his 10th Champions Tour title at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.
Senior earned US$43,000 for his trouble and retained his 9th place position on the 2011 money list.
The 51 year old Queenslander is now fifth on the season long Charles Schwab Cup points table and is actually the tour’s No 1 in the “Power Rankings” coming into the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in North Carolina this weekend.