Date: July 13, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Senior comes home to ‘retire’

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Peter Senior's seven-year stint on the Champions Tour in America is over, and the veteran Australian is coming home to Hope Island on the Gold Coast to 'retire' as a touring professional.

Injuries to each of his elbows, likely caused by 40 years of hitting golf balls, have forced the move, according to his longtime coach, Gary Edwin.

Senior told his colleagues on the Champions Tour a few weeks ago that he was done.

"He said this was going to be his last year anyway,'' said Edwin. "He can't practise before he plays. He's going back home, the kids are happy for him to be coming home. He'll play golf but I don't think he'll do much international travel.''

Edwin said Senior needed to sort his injury problems, but expects him to continue playing tournaments in Australia. "I think he's made a decision with (wife) June that it's about time.''

Senior won more than $US 5.4 million in his seven seasons in America, although he never won a tournament, logging 40 top-10 finishes.

A winner of 34 professional tournaments, he has conjured two major highlights in his golfing dotage, winning the Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes in 2012, and then the Australian Masters at Huntingdale in 2015.