Senior wins Australian Open

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 10:59 GMT

Peter Senior became the oldest winner in Australian Open history after battling gale-force winds on a brutal final day to beat Brendan Jones by one shot in fading light at The Lakes.

Peter Senior: Overcame the elements
Peter Senior: Overcame the elements

On a dramatic day that saw play suspended for three hours after 80kph winds made the course unplayable, the consistent Senior carded a level-par 72 to finish at four under for the championship.

The 53-year-old made his first birdie of the day at the par-four 10th to join England's Justin Rose at the top of the leaderboard and claimed the outright lead with another birdie at the 12th.

Senior then held his nerve with six straight pars on the way home to hold off Jones by the narrowest of margins.

"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."

It was an impressive performance from Jones (71), who pushed Senior to the limit with two back-nine birdies and an eagle to card the only sub-par round of the final 17 pairings today.

Cameron Percy (73) finished in third at two under, one clear of Kim Felton (72), Kieran Pratt (75) and Rose (76).

It was a miserable day for the world number four, who made six bogeys and failed to post a single birdie in the final pairing.

New Zealander Michael Hendry was one of only six golfers to break par on day four, signing for a 71 to share seventh spot with Scott Gardiner (73) and Stuart Appleby (75) at level par for the tournament.

Pre-tournament favourite Adam Scott battled to a closing 76 to finish at two over, one clear of overnight leader John Senden who had a horror day on his way to a 10-over 82.

Defending champion Greg Chalmers (77) had a disappointing end to his defence to finish alongside Geoff Ogilvy (77) on four over.

American veteran Tom Watson fired the round of the day in calm morning conditions, a three-under 69, to finish in a share of 28th spot at five over.

Collated final round scores & totals (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

284 Peter Senior (Aus) 75 68 69 72

285 Brendan Jones (Aus) 68 71 75 71

286 Cameron Percy (Aus) 72 69 72 73

287 Justin Rose 68 73 70 76, Kieran Pratt (Aus) 71 71 70 75, Kim Felton (Aus) 68 75 72 72

288 Michael Hendry (Nzl) 72 71 74 71, Scott Gardiner (Aus) 76 71 68 73, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 73 70 75

289 Brett Rumford (Aus) 73 69 75 72, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 74 69 73 73, Nick O'Hern (Aus) 71 73 73 72, Matthew Jones (Aus) 71 72 69 77

290 Cameron Smith (Aus) 72 74 69 75, Adam Scott (Aus) 72 71 71 76, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 71 70 73 76, Steven Jones (Aus) 73 68 73 76

291 John Senden (Aus) 66 73 70 82, Matthew Stieger (Aus) 73 71 71 76, Nick Cullen (Aus) 70 70 74 77, Nick Flanagan (Aus) 69 76 74 72, Jamie Arnold (Aus) 72 72 72 75

292 Matthew Millar (Aus) 74 71 69 78, Alistair Presnell (Aus) 75 72 71 74, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 71 75 69 77, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 74 71 70 77, Matthew Griffin (Aus) 75 69 71 77

293 Scott Laycock (Aus) 76 69 71 77, Kyle Stanley (USA) 72 71 70 80, Tom Watson (USA) 78 68 78 69, Stephen Leaney (Aus) 75 69 71 78, Wen-Chong Liang (Chn) 73 71 72 77, Stephen Allan (Aus) 69 73 80 71, Timothy Wood (Aus) 70 74 72 77, James Mclean (Aus) 72 72 75 74, Andre Stolz (Aus) 72 71 71 79, David Bransdon (Aus) 74 73 70 76, Rory Hie (Ina) 73 69 75 76

294 Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 68 73 74 79, Craig Parry (Aus) 75 73 75 71, Kalem Richardson (Aus) 78 70 74 72

295 James Nitties (Aus) 77 71 69 78, Brett Rankin (Aus) 74 72 74 75, Jason Norris (Aus) 74 71 74 76, Matt Ballard (Aus) 72 72 80 71, Stephen Dartnall (Aus) 76 72 74 73, Marc Leishman (Aus) 70 72 76 77, Richard Green (Aus) 68 73 76 78, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 69 69 76 81, Peter O'Malley (Aus) 70 78 71 76

296 Paul Spargo (Aus) 70 73 76 77, Nathan Green (Aus) 73 72 77 74, Damon Welsford (Aus) 72 76 70 78, Clint Rice (Aus) 77 71 70 78, Leigh Mckechnie (Aus) 72 71 75 78, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 72 73 75 76, Aron Price (Aus) 72 74 75 75, Josh Geary (Nzl) 70 73 71 82

297 Kurt Barnes (Aus) 71 76 78 72, Matthew Giles (Aus) 76 71 77 73

298 Ashley Hall (Aus) 79 68 71 80

299 Mahal Pearce (Nzl) 70 77 73 79, Daniel Popovic (Aus) 71 73 72 83, Jake Higginbottom (Aus) 74 73 77 75

301 Gavin Flint (Aus) 79 69 74 79, Peter Lonard (Aus) 71 73 78 79

302 Andrew Kelly (Aus) 71 77 74 80, Guo-wu Zhou (Chn) 74 73 74 81

303 Won Joon Lee (Aus) 74 70 75 84


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