Saturday, June 09, 2012


Peter Fowler saw his charge up the leader board at the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship brought to a soggy end after play was abandoned at De Vere Slaley Hall.
The Australian, starting on the tenth, carded three birdies through 12 holes to move within two shots of overnight leader Mark James before persistent heavy rain forced second round play to be suspended at 10.55am.
With the course heavily waterlogged, play was scrapped for the day at 2pm and the decision taken to reduce the £250,000 tournament to 54-holes with play set to resume at 7.30am with the today’s afternoon starters out at 8.30am.
The second round will be completed on Saturday with a cut for the top 60s and ties.
First round leader James, who sits at five-under following his 67, goes out at 8.50am alongside Sam Torrance and Sweden’s Anders Forsbrand.
For Fowler, the early end to his round was a source of frustration following a bright start which brought gains at holes 11, 12 and 15 to move to three-under.
"It's always a bit frustrating when you are going well and you have to stop," said Fowler, who turns 53 on Saturday.
"On the 11th hole I got up and down from 60 yards after two good shots, then on 12 I chipped it to three foot and on 15 I hit a nice eight iron to 15feet and hole the putt. So it was a nice start and I was playing solid. I was keen to carry on but the forecast wasn't good."
Fowler, the 2011 European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner, who finished joint third at Slaley Hall 12 months ago, has had a relatively slow start to his defence of the John Jacobs Trophy with injury ruining his preparations.
"As I was recovering from one knee operation in January the other one snapped and I had to have an op on that one too," said Fowler.
"So I've had a pretty poor run. The most recent one was worse than the other one ever was. It's no problem hitting golf balls, it's just walking.
"I didn't play much because of the knee. I hadn't walked a round between December and the start of the season, so fitness wise it has been a slow start."
Kedleston Park PGA professional Paul Wesselingh, looking to continue his superb start to his seniors’ career, was at one-under through 12 holes with three birdies on his card.
PGA pro Brian Rumney from Arcot Hall, who carded a 73 in his first round, moved up the leader board to one-under through seven holes with three birdies in four holes.

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