In what was one of the most challenging finales to a golf tournament anywhere in recent memory, 53-year-old Peter Senior emerged with the victory at the Emirates Australian Open.
It was the kind of breezy day that led to nine scores in the 80s, including an 82 by 54-hole leader, John Senden (who faded to finish T18). Only six golfers managed to break par, led by none other than Tom Waton's 3-under 69. But it was another senior, literally by surname, that held firm with a closing, even-par 37-35=72 to post 4-under 284, clipping Brendan Jones (71) by one and Cameron Percy (73) by two. In the process, the native of Queensland became the oldest winner of this tournament. "It was probably one of the toughest days I've ever seen on a golf course," Senior said. "I really thought these days were over but golf is a funny game. The key to today's round was that I never put any pressure on myself. If the conditions had been better the better players would have won, but these are conditions I thrive in, where I just battle it out. As short as I am, I don't feel the wind as much as others."