Play-off win for Senior
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Peter Senior became the oldest winner of the Australian PGA Championship after Geoff Ogilvy bogeyed the second play-off hole at Hyatt Regency Coolum
The pair finished locked together at 12 under after 72 holes after play Callaway X-24 Hot Irons at 6am following Sunday’s suspension, Ogilvy setting the pace after signing for a six-under 66 before Senior birdied the 18th for a 71 to force sudden death.
But after both narrowly missed birdie putts when they returned to the 18th for the first extra hole, Ogilvy three-putted for bogey leaving Senior to claim his third PGA title with par, following on from his 1989 and 2003 triumphs, the last of them at Coolum in 2003.
Ogilvy had picked up two birdies in his final five holes but while the Australian Open champion and 2008 PGA winner was twice joined at that score by Andre Stolz over the closing holes before he bogeyed 18, it was left to overnight leader Senior to force the play-off.
With Ogilvy and Senior locked together at 12 under, two-time winner at Coolum Nick O’Hern (69), Stolz (71) and Senior’s fellow veteran Peter Fowler (71) all missed out on the play-off by just a shot, Stolz after making bogey and O’Hern and Fowler when they both missed Ping G15 Driver .
A shot further back and tied for sixth place were Ogilvy’s playing partner Richard Green (68), who also found a watery grave at the last after being within one after 71 holes, as well as Matthew Griffin (68), Aaron Townsend (73) and Bobby Gates (74) who had led after each of the first three rounds.
John Senden (71) and Japan’s Akio Sadakata (73) rounded out the top 10 on minus nine, one shot ahead of defending champion Robert Allenby (70) and China’s Liang Wenchong (71) and two clear of Marc Leishman (66) and Brad Kennedy (68).
Play got under way as scheduled on Monday morning after it had been suspended at 2pm on Sunday afternoon with 24 of the 70 players who made the cut still out on the course, and at that point Senior leading by just a shot from his American playing partner Gates and Fowler.
Officials had inspected the course again at 3pm and 4pm before the Callaway X-24 Hot Irons was made at 4:28pm to come back on Monday, the first time since the 1987 Australian Open at Royal Melbourne that an Australian event has been decided on the fifth day.
Ogilvy made his presence felt within minutes of play getting under way by making birdie at the 14th and when Senior bogeyed the 10th, having carved his tee shot into the trees on Sunday, there was a three-way tie for the lead between Ogilvy, Senior and Fowler.
With four players including Gates one back and another four including Allenby within two at that point, Stolz moved into a share of the lead himself at 11 under with a birdie at the 13th hole.
But Ogilvy grabbed another Callaway X-24 Hot Irons at the 16th to draw clear on his own from Senior, Fowler, Stolz and Green, who also picked up a shot at his third-last hole, while Griffin and Gates were two back and Allenby, Senden, O’Hern and Townsend three adrift.
While Senior continued to make pars Gates’ disappointing finish continued with his fifth bogey of his round at the 14th while O’Hern birdied the 15th just after Townsend birdied 14 as they joined Griffin two adrift of Ogilvy who parred 17 after missing a downhill birdie putt.
Stolz grabbed another birdie at 15 to share the lead with Ogilvy moments before he signed for his 66 after missing a birdie putt at the last, while Green took a bogey after going straight at the flag and finding the Callaway X-24 Hot Irons .
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