09 Dec 2012
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's 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's 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.
75 + 68 + 69 + 72 = 284 | 4-under par.
View Senior's 72-hole scorecard here
Congratulations Peter Senior - The 2012 Emirates Australian Open Champion!