Peter Senior is your 2012 Emirates Australian Open champion, but how did the 53 year old tame the wind at The Lakes this week? Here is our look at Senior&aposs week at The Lakes. Round 1: 3-over 75 Senior had a horror stretch from the 14th through 18th on Day 1 – bogeying all but the 16th which was a huge reason he finished the round 3-over par. While he managed to birdie the 1st and 7th (and the 16th) – those 6 bogeys threatened his campaign. Round 2: 4-under 68 Day 2 was when Senior made his big push. With 3 strokes to overcome before he even reached par, he pumped out 7 birdies across Round 2 – on the 1st, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th and 17th. But he could have really been sitting pretty – given he still bogeyed the 2nd, 6th and 12th. Round 3: 3-under 69 Senior capitalised on his strong showing on Friday, with another great round on Saturday. He picked up another 5 birdies (on the 1st, 8th, 10th, 14th and 17th) and this time only conceded 2 bogeys on the 3rd and 15th. That meant he sat in equal-3rd at 4-under heading into championship Sunday – three strokes behind overnight leader John Senden. Round 4: EVEN 72 As Senior admitted in his press conference – starting the day with 4 straight pars was the key to staying in the race for the Stonehaven Cup. While he dropped shots on the 5th and the 7th, considering the high wind conditions – all he needed was to pick up a stroke or two on the back nine and he would be a chance. And that&aposs what he did – birdieing the 10th and 12th and then holding on as the dark descended and claimed his 2nd Australian Open crown – 23 years after his 1st. Tournament Score: 75 + 68 + 69 + 72 = 284 | 4-under par. View Senior&aposs 72-hole scorecard here Congratulations Peter Senior – The 2012 Emirates Australian Open Champion!
Author: Golf Australia