Rodger Davis has claimed his first Australian PGA Senior Championship in dramatic fashion birdying the third play-off hole to claim the title from Michael Harwood and Peter Senior.
Starting the day four shots behind the leaders, Davis rallied on the back nine finishing with consecutive birdies on 17 and 18 to force his way into a play-off and ultimately claim the trophy.
“I am so honoured to win this championship as I know the background involved in the establishment of this event. The PGA Legends Tour is growing from strength to strength and to have Richmond as our flagship event is outstanding,” said Davis in his acceptance speech.
Davis’ final round of 66 equalled the low round of the tournament, which was made even more impressive with heavy rain inhibiting low scoring.
His three rounds of 69, 68 and 66 were somewhat of a surprise with Davis crediting his form to Royal Sydney Teaching Professional, Ron Luxton.
“It was more of a discussion over dinner than a lesson. Ron, knowing my swing, made some suggestions to me which got me striking the ball really well.”
The sixty-four-year old now adds the Australian PGA Senior title to his impressive resume which already includes the Australian Open, New Zealand Open and Australian Seniors Open.
Richmond Golf Club hosted the tournament for the second consecutive year and received high praise from players and officials with regard to course preparation and presentation.
The $100,000 tournament is the richest on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour and continues to attract players such as Davis, Harwood, Senior, O’Malley and Fowler.