Peter Senior Retires

Peter Senior Retires

Postby lagpressure » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:45 pm

Not exactly new news, but I did suspect he might come back out after some aches and pains went away after a layoff from the game. Apparently he's sticking to retirement from the game.

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PETER Senior walked off the seventh fairway at Royal Sydney today and in to retirement with a record up his sleeve unlikely to be beaten.

The 57-year-old succumbed to a lingering hip injury a third of his way through his round at the Australian Open, an event he has featured in for nearly 40 years.

And it’s the longevity of the wily Queenslander which is astounding. He is the only man on the Australian PGA Tour ever to win tournaments across five decades.

It began with a South Australian Open win at Glenelg in 1979, when his hair was a curling blond.
Peter Senior has retired from golf following a hip injury. Pics Adam Head

His last win came after a stunning Sunday surge at Huntingdale last year when, with short-cropped, greying hair, he collected a third gold jacket by winning the Australian Masters.

In between there were 32 other victories around Australia, Europe and even Japan in a storied career which earned plaudits from plenty today, including playing partner John Senden who watched helplessly as his friend had to concede he just couldn’t do it anymore.

“Peter was obviously in distress with his body. He has been struggling with it for a bit of time. He really tried hard today to get around,” Senden said.

“All I can say is hats off to Peter Senior for giving us a wonderful showing over the years. It is a real highlight for me to have been involved with him.”

Senior wasn’t going to play beyond this summer anyway, but wanted to end it on his terms, with four good Open rounds and then four more at the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast in two weeks.

But few sportsmen get to write the script for their exit, and so it was for Senior who left golf with nothing in the tank.

“This is disappointing, it really is. I planned to finish at the PGA. I would have liked to put in a half decent show this week and at the PGA and finish on a really good note,” Senior said today.

“It’s a tough one to swallow I have been out here for nearly forty years and have enjoyed every minute. To see it come to an end you look back on it, it’s pretty disappointing to finish this way.
Senior crushes one during during Round 1 of the NSW Open Golf last week. Picture. Phil Hillyard

“It (injury) started last week, the Monday of the NSW Open. I battled through but it’s got to a point now where I can’t even get through the ball. I tried to play six holes but not very well and that’s it.

“My body has gone through a whole heap of injuries and my body is telling me, this is it.”

The end has come with something of a rush for Senior, with injuries over the past 12 months mounting.

But he certainly made the most of his fifth decade as a professional, starring on the US Champions tour after 2010. Even without winning Senior racked up a string of top 10s and has collected just short of $7.4 million in earnings since 2010.

He also won an Australian Open, PGA and Masters title after his 50th birthday, an astounding feat.

“I’ve just had a great time,” he said.

“It’s always nice to win but it’s the people around the game that are the greatest.

“ But I am surprised I have lasted as long as I did, and still winning.”

Senior was delighted to see the next generation of players at the top of the Open leaderboard this week, but doubted he had any mentoring for them in his future.

“I am only a player, I couldn’t teach a pig to be dirty,” Senior said.
Peter Senior injured his hip at the NSW Open last week. Picture: Phil Hillyard


From: Queensland

Turned Pro: 1978

Tournament wins: 34

First win: South Australian Open, 1979

Last Win: Australian Masters, 2015

Australian Triple Crown wins:

Australian Open 1989,2012

Australian Masters 1991, 1995, 2015

Australian PGA 1989, 2003, 2010

Majors played – 29

Best Result in a Major – 4th, 1993 Open Championship
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