I normally might have ignored posting on the conclusion of the Australian Masters, but it’s pretty hard to justify glancing over Peter Senior’s victory at Huntingtale.
It also makes me chuckle because of a mundane occurrence on Thursday evening when I tuned into the second-round telecast. My boyfriend and I watched for way longer than I’d like to admit. During that time, my boyfriend kept asking “why they keep showing this old guy?” while critiquing his swing. I told him Senior was getting a lot of face time because he’s a big deal in Australia. My boyfriend really didn’t like Senior’s swing. But, hey, whatever works, right? I digress.
The 56-year-old Australian set another age record on Sunday, capturing his third Masters win — his first in twenty years. Let’s just put it this way: The last time Senior won this title, which was held at the same venue, his 21-year-old son Mitch, who has caddied for him the last five years, was only two months old.
The Champions Tour veteran became the oldest player to win the Australian Masters. Three years ago, he set the age record when he captured the Australian Open. He also won the Australian PGA when he was 51. Not too shabby for an old guy!
“There’s always going to be something like this that is going happen in this game,” said Senior, pointing out how close Tom Watson came to winning the 2009 British Open as a 59-year-old (he had a putt to win the tournament), and also that Davis Love III won an event on the world’s biggest Tour this year at age 51.
“I just had a good week,” he said.
“You go on course the next two weeks [at the Australian Open and PGA Championship] and watch the young guys play.”
This was not the strongest Masters field Senior has ever played in – and he has played in all but two them – but it did include one of the world’s best players right now, Adam Scott, and maybe the top future prospect in the world, American Bryson DeChambeau.
Both players finished in the top five but not even they could negotiate Huntingdale Golf Club as well as Senior, and so if there is one thing this victory proves that is indisputable – it’s that experience, cagey course management and precision (more than powerful) ball-striking counts on Sundays.
“The biggest part of my win this week is that Huntingdale is not an overly-long course,” he said.
“The next two weeks at the Australian Golf Club and Royal Pines, they are longer so I think I will have my work cut out for me.
“But Huntingdale is right down my alley.”
Senior called the victory “something special” but he has done this before.
He won the Australian Open in 2012 and the PGA Championship in 2010, giving him the extraordinary honour of achieving Australia’s “Triple Crown” once before he was 50, and now again after his 50th birthday.