Pro V1 loyalist Peter Senior won his third Australian PGA Championship early Monday morning in a playoff over Titleist Brand Ambassador Geoff Ogilvy, 21 years after winning it for the first time.
At 51 years old, Senior became the event's oldest champion and the second oldest-oldest winner in Australasian Tour history. (Kel Nagle won the 1975 New Zealand PGA championship at the age of 55.)
"Where's that Diet Coke?" Senior said of his celebratory plans.
"To win the Australian PGA is nice, but I think when you get older you really look forward to cherishing it more," said Senior, who in 1989 won both the Australian PGA and Australian Open. He won his second Australian PGA in 2003.
To get into the playoff, Senior rolled in his Pro V1 golf ball from 10 feet for birdie on the 18th hole at a rainy Hyatt Regency Coolum course for a 1-under 71 and 12-under 276 total. Ogilvy, who last week won his first Australian Open by four shots, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 66 at least an hour before Senior finished his round.
The first playoff hole was halved with pars. Senior won the second with a par on No. 18 – earning the 149th victory of the 2010 season for Titleist golf ball loyalists, nearly six times the nearest competitor with 25.
Two weeks ago, Senior completed a wire-to-wire, three-shot victory at
the Australian Senior Open, the first event of the 2011 European Senior
"What a great way to finish the year off," Senior said.
Ogilvy felt similarly, despite coming up just short.
“That’s the best way I’ve finished a year in a long time,” Ogilvy, who topped the 2010 PGA Tour of Australasia Norman Von Nida Order of Merit, told the Associated Press.
“But to be honest, I never really felt that I was in this tournament until Sunday. And I never thought my 12 under would hold up for a playoff.”
Pro V1 loyalists Nick O'Hern and Peter Fowler and Pro V1x loyalist Andre Stolz finished tied for third, one shot out of the playoff.
The inaugural OneAsia Order of Merit trophy was awarded to Pro V1x loyalist Liang Wenchong, who finished tied for 12th.
Of the 13 players who finished tied for 12th or better at the event, 12 trusted a Titleist golf ball for their success. In total, 122 players at the Australian PGA Championship trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than 12 times the nearest competitor with 10.
Titleist was also the top choice in Drivers (60), including 41 new Titleist 910 drivers; Fairway Metals (62); Iron Sets (80); and Approach, Sand and Lob Wedges (187).
• ASIAN TOUR: Titleist was the overwhelming choice in golf balls at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open with 92 players, more than five times the nearest competitor with 18.
The Asian Tour will wrap up the 2010 season next week at the Black Mountain Masters event in Thailand.
• EUROPEAN TOUR: At the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the first official event of the European Tour's 2011 season, 106 players trusted Titleist golf balls, more than four times the nearest competitor with 26.