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Senior does enough to sneak home

By Wayne Heming 14/12/2003 09:16:54 PM Comments (0)

Peter Senior might have been "leaking oil" on the home stretch in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship but he had enough fuel in the tank to break a six-year winning drought.

Tears welled in his eyes as the 44-year-old Senior walked off Coolum's 18th green after three putting for a one shot victory over fellow Queenslander Rod Pampling.

It was a richly deserved win for the popular Senior, who last tasted success in a major tournament in 1997 when he claimed the Canon Challenge.

"I was leaking a bit of oil coming home," smiled Senior, who started the day with a five shot lead in the $1 million event on the Sunshine Coast.

"I'm just glad there weren't any more holes."

Senior - who has worked tirelessly on his game with Gold Coast coach and close friend Gary Edwin in recent years - finished with a round of 73 for a 17-under total of 271.

Pampling missed a long birdie putt on the final hole which would have forced a play-off.

He finished one shot ahead of third-placed Craig Parry, whose gallant challenge ended in the water at the 14th hole after he attacked a difficult pin placement.

Senior admitted he would have liked to have won in style with a par on the 18th, which had been his nemesis over the years.

"But it's been a long time between drinks and I'm over the moon," he said.

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