Peter’s perfect present after Tour title triumph

AUSTRALIAN Peter Fowler ended a two year wait for a maiden European Senior Tour title with victory in the ISPS Handa Senior Masters at Stapleford Park on Sunday.

Fowler, who is 52 today, gave himself an early birthday present, with a three stroke victory after a final round of 70 to finish on ten under par 209 for the tournament, holding off a determined challenge from Scotland’s Andrew Oldcorn.

He was runner up to Sandy Lyle in the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship held in China in March, and continued that form at Stapleford Park, posting a second consecutive bogey free round to secure the title.

“I’ve been trying to win again for the last 18 years so this is a great feeling,” said Fowler, who won the 1993 BMW International Open on The European Tour.

“When I had back surgery two years ago I didn’t know if I would even play Tour golf again so this victory means a lot.”

Windy conditions made the Stapleford Park course much tougher that last summer’s inaugural event and Fowler’s victory was more due to avoiding mistakes than putting red on his card.

He made only two bogeys in 54 holes, both of which came during the front nine of his opening round on Friday.