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Peter Senior wins Australian PGA in a playoff

Australia’s Peter Senior won the rain-delayed Australian PGA on Monday, beating Geoff Ogilvy with a par on the second hole of a playoff to become the oldest player to win a major professional tournament in Australia.

The 51-year-old Senior, a regular on the Champions Tour, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation for a 1-under 71 to match Ogilvy, the Australian Open winner last week in Sydney, at 12-under 276. Ogilvy finished with a 66.

Both players parred the 18th hole on the first hole of the playoff, and Ogilvy three-putted for a bogey on the second extra hole to give Senior his third Australian PGA title. He won the 1989 event at Riverside Oaks near Sydney and the 2003 tournament at Coolum.

“What a great way to finish the year,” Senior said. “Geoff hit a pretty indifferent iron shot into 18, and we all know how difficult it is to get down from that area. But I would have rather made my (birdie) putt instead of Geoff three-putting, but that’s what happens.”

Ogilvy said he was disappointed with the finish but not with his play overall in the past two weeks.

“That’s the best way I’ve finished a year in a long time,” Ogilvy said. “But to be honest, I never really felt that I was in this tournament until Sunday. And I never thought my 12 under would hold up for a playoff.”

Ogilvy had to wait at least an hour—“I hit a lot of balls on the range” — between his finish and Senior completing his round in the final pairing.

Twenty-four players finished the round Monday after heavy rain delayed play Sunday.

Australians Nick O’Hern (69), Peter Fowler (71) and Andre Stolz (71) tied for third at 11 under. Stolz bogeyed the 18th after hitting his tee shot into the water.

American Bobby Gates, who led by a stroke after the third round, bogeyed two of his final nine holes Monday and finished with a 74, leaving him two strokes out of the playoff

Ogilvy resumed play Monday on the 14th hole, and birdied that hole and No. 16. Senior, ahead by one when play resumed, bogeyed his first hole of the day— the 10th—after his tee shot in pouring rain Sunday left him in the trees.

Defending champion Robert Allenby finished four strokes back after a 70.

Gates, playing the Coolum course for the first time, tried to be diplomatic Sunday when play was called despite a tough officiating decision that had forced him to hit an awkward shot out of a bunker that was nearly flooded by rain. He ended up bogeying the hole.

“I’ve never played where it’s gotten to this point before, but I understand they want to try to get it in,” Gates said.

Senior, who said he felt Gates got a bad decision on his bunker shot, said the last three holes that he and Gates played were extremely difficult, and “the 10th tee was actually underwater when we got there.”

“I was just a little disappointed that the round wasn’t called a little earlier,” Senior said. “A lot of guys were suffering out there, not so much with the rain, but when the fairways become so water-logged that you can’t actually hit golf shots that’s when it should be called. … Poor old Bobby Gates. The bunker was just riddled with water on the ninth hole there and had to play his shot and he could have made 4 if he just putted the hole. But when the course is unplayable, the day should be called and that’s it.”

276 Peter Senior 70 67 68 71, Geoff Ogilvy 70 69 71 66 (Senior won at second play-off hole)

277 Andre Stolz 67 69 70 71, Peter Fowler 66 70 70 71, Nick O'Hern 70 70 68 69

278 Aaron Townsend 68 67 70 73, Bobby Gates (USA) 64 69 71 74, Richard Green 72 68 70 68, Matthew Griffin 68 70 72 68

279 Akio Sadakata (Jpn) 67 72 67 73, John Senden 69 65 74 71

280 Robert Allenby 70 68 72 70, Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 66 68 75 71

281 Marc Leishman 72 71 72 66, Brad Kennedy 68 72 73 68

282 David McKenzie 73 68 72 69, Andrew Buckle 64 75 72 71

283 Gary Simpson 71 69 68 75, Nathan Green 71 70 73 69, Jarrod Lyle 74 70 72 67, Steven Bowditch 66 76 66 75

284 Richard Lee (Nzl) 71 71 76 66, Brad Smith 69 74 73 68, Anthony Summers 68 72 72 72, Scott Strange 74 69 72 69, Kieran Pratt 67 76 73 68, Adam Crawford 68 71 72 73m, Stephen Allan 70 69 73 72

285 Rodney Pampling 68 71 77 69, Jordan Sherratt 69 71 75 70, Hiroshi Iwata (Jpn) 70 70 75 70, Brett Rumford 71 72 75 67, Ji-Ho Jung (Kor) 71 67 71 76, Stephen Dartnell 69 69 78 69, Craig Hasthorpe 72 68 74 71, Peter O'Malley 72 67 75 71

286 Tetsuya Haraguchi (Jpn) 69 74 74 69, Alistair Presnell 72 72 75 67, Steven Jones 69 75 71 71, Simon Yates 71 73 73 69

287 Panupol Pittayarat (Tha) 70 71 71 75, Brad McIntosh 69 72 74 72, Ryan Haller 69 73 72 73, Anthony Brown 76 68 71 72, James Nitties 67 75 74 71, Michael Wright 72 69 74 72

288 Scott Laycock 68 74 73 73, In-woo Lee (Kor) 70 70 73 75, C j Gatto (USA) 69 72 75 72, Marcus Fraser 72 70 72 74, Joon woo Choi (Kor) 70 72 74 72

290 Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 68 75 74 73, Hamish Robertson (Nzl) 72 68 75 75, Daniel Fox 72 71 74 73, Matthew Millar 67 73 78 72, Michael Hendry (Nzl) 69 71 77 73, Borworn Chaisri (Tha) 73 69 76 72, Joon-eob Son (Kor) 74 70 74 72

291 Chris Campbell 72 64 78 77

292 Matthew Rogers 69 75 75 73, Terry Pilkadaris 69 75 76 72, Stuart Bouvier 73 71 76 72

293 Henry Epstein 69 71 77 76, Bradley Hughes 68 71 83 71

294 Craig Parry 71 72 79 72

295 Tristan Lambert 73 71 77 74, Cui-Lin Gu (Chn) 69 74 76 76, Craig Hancock 75 69 79 72

297 Aron Price 72 72 80 73

298 Pornpong Phatlum (Tha) 75 69 80 74

Rain forces Monday finish for Australian PGA
December 12, 2010

The final round of the Australian PGA Championship was postponed until Monday because of heavy rain, with Peter Senior holding a one-stroke lead after nine holes.

The round was called off Sunday about 3 hours after play was suspended. Officials said more than 2 inches of rain fell on the course overnight, and the players that did manage to get out were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls on the fairways.

American Bobby Gates, the third-round leader by a stroke, bogeyed two holes in a row to fall out of the lead just before play was halted. He was tied for second with Australian Peter Fowler after nine holes.

There are 24 golfers still to play when the round resumes early Monday morning.

“We’ve been out to inspect the course, and it’s now in worse shape than when we suspended play,” said Andrew Langford-Jones, director of tournaments for the PGA of Australia.

Senior leads at 12-under par after he and Fowler both finished 1 under on the day.

Trailing Fowler and Gates by a stroke were last week’s Australian Open champion, Geoff Ogilvy, and fellow Australian Richard Green, playing in the same group after completing 13 holes. They were tied with Australian Matthew Griffin, who had played 14 holes, and countryman Andrew Stolz, who played 11.

Gates, playing the Coolum course for the first time, tried to be diplomatic when play was called despite a tough officiating decision that had forced him to hit an awkward shot out of a bunker that was nearly flooded by rain. He ended up bogeying the hole.

“I’ve never played where it’s gotten to this point before, but I understand they want to try to get it in,” he said during the rain delay. “The greens are a little tricky, some faster than others, but it’s just another challenge.”

Senior, who said he thought Gates got a bad decision on his bunker shot, said the last three holes that he and Gates played were extremely difficult, and “the 10th tee was actually under water when we got there.”








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