Sunday, August 26, 2018

Aussie Fowler wins Willow Senior
 
Classic by two from Gary Orr
 
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Peter Fowler won his first Staysure Tour title in three years as he emerged victorious at the Willow Senior Golf Classic at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club.
The Australian, now a six-time winner on the European over-50s circuit, started the day in a four-way share of the lead on nine under par and carded his second consecutive round of 69 to finish on 12 under, two strokes clear of Clark Dennis and Gary Orr.
The lead changed hands on numerous occasions throughout the day, with Roger Chapman, Phil Golding, Santiago Luna and Miguel Ángel Martín all staking their claims for the title.
A birdie on the par four 14th hole proved crucial, however, as Fowler moved one stroke clear of the pack. His fourth birdie of the day, on the 18th hole, rubber-stamped his sixth Staysure Tour title – his first since the 2015 ISPS Handa Seniors PGA Championship.
“It’s hard work getting your game into shape for you to win,” said Fowler. “There’s lot of younger players coming through and I’m glad I stayed on top today.
“I played with Miguel, and when he started birdie-eagle, I knew it would be a tough day. I was just trying to keep my game steady; I only had one bogey which was good. I didn’t see a leaderboard until the 17th green and I thought a couple of pars would do it – I birdied the last which gave me that two-shot gap. It was a good feeling.”
Fowler, one of the most consistent players on the Staysure Tour, has recorded tied second, third, sixth, eighth and tenth finishes so far this year. He has also finished inside the top ten 21 times in 44 starts since his last victory.
“I pride myself in staying in good shape and being reasonably consistent,” said Fowler. “We all have bad days, but I try and keep those to a minimum. That’s what I try to do all year round.
“If you keep knocking on the door and putting yourself in some sort of position it might jump you up, it makes me feel really good about what I’m working on.”
Chapman, Stephen Dodd, Golding and Martín shared fourth place on nine under par. Gary Wolstenholme carded the lowest round of the day, a six under par 66, to share eight place with James Kingston and Luna.
FINAL TOTALS
par 216 (3x72)
204
P Fowler (Australia) 66 69 69 

206 G Orr (Sco) 66 69 71, C Dennis (USA) 67 70 69
207 S Dodd (Wales) 70 67 70, P Golding (Eng) 72 67 68, R Chapman (Eng) 68 71 68, M Martin (Spn) 67 68 72
208 S Luna (Spn) 68 68 72, G Wolstenholme (Eng) 71 71 66, J Kingston (SAf) 69 66 73
209 D Shacklady (Eng) 68 70 71
210 P Price (Wales) 71 69 70, M Molina (Argentina) 70 74 66
211 P Eales (Eng) 68 69 74, M Harwood (Australia) 69 72 70, M Atlevi (Swe) 71 69 71, A Oldcorn (Sco) 72 72 67, J Lomas (Eng) 73 65 73, M Brier (Austria) 71 72 68
212 M James (Eng) 68 73 71, J Remesy (Fra) 70 74 68, T Thelen (USA) 69 70 73, R Gomez (Argentina) 66 70 76
213 P Streeter (Eng) 71 70 72, B Lane (Eng) 70 72 71, P Wesselingh (Eng) 68 71 74, M Mackenzie (Eng) 71 72 70, C Williams (SAf) 75 68 70, S Tinning (Denmark) 70 73 70 
214 J Sandelin (Swe) 70 75 69, S Brown (Eng) 72 70 72, M Mamat (Singapore) 70 76 68
215 C Rocca (Ita) 73 72 70
216 J Van De Velde (Fra) 72 72 72
217 N Job (Eng) 69 75 73, M McNulty (Ire) 70 74 73, P O'Malley (Australia) 75 70 72, B McGovern (Ire) 75 73 69
218 M Farry (Fra) 73 74 71
219 C Monasterio (Arg) 70 75 74
220 P Baker (Eng) 74 71 75, D Gilford (Eng) 74 70 76 
221 J Coceres (Argentina) 71 74 76 
222 J Kemp (Eng) 73 72 77, G Marks (Eng) 76 72 74
223 J Rivero (Spn) 79 74 70, M Mouland (Wales) 76 74 73
224 G Manson (Austria) 75 73 76
226 D Smyth (Ire) 73 75 78
227 G Brand Jnr (Sco) 75 72 80 
229 P Walton (Ire) 79 73 77
233 E Darcy (Ire) 74 78 81
235 G Brand (Eng) 79 76 80
** A Bossert (Switz) 75 76 withdrew
 
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About the Staysure Tour
The Staysure Tour, formerly known as the European Senior Tour, is the men’s professional golf tour for members aged 50 and older. In 2018, the Staysure Tour Schedule will feature a minimum of 16 tournaments across four continents.
Five years after the first edition of The Senior Open, won by Neil Coles in 1987, more than 60 professionals called for a formally-structed Tour, which was then created in 1992. Many of the pioneering champions who played on the European Tour during the 1970s, 80s and 90s make up the Staysure Tour’s active membership which, in 2017, included eight Ryder Cup Captains, 29 former Ryder Cup players, nine Major Champions and 73 European Tour winners.
Former Ryder Cup Captains Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam are among the winners of the John Jacobs Trophy, which is awarded to the golfer who finishes first on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit each season. Former Ryder Cup player, the late Tommy Horton is the record winner of the Trophy, winning his first in 1993 and four consecutively from 1996-99.
United Kingdom-based insurance company Staysure became the first ever title sponsor of the European Senior Tour on January 2, 2018 at the start of the Tour’s 27th season. The deal includes the incorporation of a new headline event, the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship.


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