Peter Senior has gone wire-to-wire to win the inaugural South Pacific Classic in New Caledonia.
It was all about the number three for the Queenslander, who signed for a one-over 73 to claim his third title for the year and move to third on the Order of Merit.
“I was just trying to hang on today,” Senior said. “It was a windy day, the greens are really difficult – they’re quick and have a lot of break on them – so it was difficult to score. Under the conditions, I thought I did reasonably well.”
The 58-year-old joined the Legends Tour after a hip injury caused him to retire at last year’s Australian Open. But Senior, who became the oldest winner of the Australian Masters in 2015, moved his way gracefully around a challenging layout; his game plan as wise as ever.
“I just tried to keep it out of the rubbish,” Senior said. “I knew the other guys would have to shoot something pretty good to beat me today. So the last thing I wanted to do was to lose a ball or hit it in the water.
“My body is feeling good, I had six months off, and so it just needed a rest more than anything else.”
The first two rounds of the Pro-Am were played at the Dye-designed Sheraton Deva, where Senior shot rounds of 73 and 71 in trying conditions. Another 71 on the first day at Tina Golf Club represented one of just nine rounds that broke par during the entire event.
Senior began the final day at Tina three shots clear of Tim Elliott, whose four-over 76 saw him slide back to a share of third with local favourite Jean-Louis Guepy.
Meanwhile, Richard Backwell fired the round of the day – a three-under 69 – to finish runner-up to Senior, who was only happy about wining yet another tournament.
“It doesn’t matter what you win, or where you win, it’s always good to win.”
Senior will stay with the Tour as it moves to Fiji for the Legends Golf Classic next week.