14 Dec 2010

Senior wins Australian PGA again

12:23 pm on 14 December 2010

The veteran Australian golfer Peter Senior has beaten Geoff Ogilvy in a sudden-death play-off to win his third Australian PGA Championship title 21 years after his first.

The 51-year-old Senior won with a par on the second extra hole in Coolum after Ogilvy, last week's Australian Open winner, missed his two metre par putt.

Former US Open champion Ogilvy returned to the water-logged resort course early on Monday to complete his rain-delayed final round in six-under-par 66, seizing the clubhouse lead at 12-under 276.

He then watched as several rivals failed to force a play-off before an ice-cool Senior, the last player to finish, drained a three-metre birdie putt to catch him and continue the drama.

Senior won his first Australian PGA Championship title in 1989 and also won it in 2003.

He was listed at 126 to 1 by bookmakers after his opening round of 70.

It was Senior's 28th career title and his 20th on the Australasian PGA Tour.

However he is not the oldest winner of an Australasian tour title.

Kel Nagle holds that honour after he won the New Zealand Open at 55. He celebrates his 90th birthday next week.