Peter Senior claims his first Senior PGA title at Richmond Golf Club

Australian golfer Peter Senior has claimed his first Australian PGA Seniors Championship by one stroke in a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Richmond Golf Club this past week.

The tournament took place over three days at Richmond, running from Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2.

Sand trap: Peter Senior plays a shot out of a sand bunker on his way to first place and nine under par in the Australian PGA Seniors Championship at Richmond Golf Club. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Sand trap: Peter Senior plays a shot out of a sand bunker on his way to first place and nine under par in the Australian PGA Seniors Championship at Richmond Golf Club. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Senior began the final round on Saturday, one shot behind the overnight leaders; Peter Lonard, Peter Fowler and reigning champion Michael Long.

But after jumping around with four players on the leaderboard, Senior was able to remain composed in the hot Richmond conditions, and finished with a birdie on hole 16.

Senior doubled down on his late push as he required a birdie on the final hole to force a play-off, which he managed, finishing with a one-shot clubhouse lead, with one group left playing.

Peter Fowler's drive on hole 18 found the greenside trap and on a near 10 foot shot to tie, he just pulled it wide, giving Senior the title and trophy.

"I've been close on a couple of occasions and to win against the caliber of this field is amazing," said Senior, who finished in a close second in 2018.

Senior's final round of five-under 65 was one of the best of the day to elevate the Queenslander to a winning total of nine-under par.

He has won 23 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia events, including two Australian PGA Championships.

Senior has cemented himself as one of Australia's golfing greats and a perennial crowd favourite.

"I still enjoy playing but I like to give back playing on the Legends, playing here at Richmond has been really fun," he said.

"The guys on this tour are great and we have some fantastic tournaments."

A final round of five-under 65 catapulted Peter O'Malley up the leader board for a second place finish in the Ladbrokes Legends Tour tournament, alongside Peter Fowler who held the lead of the championship with nine holes remaining.

Michael Long and Peter Lonard rounded out the top five in a tie for fourth place at seven-under the card.

In its fifth staging at Richmond Golf Club, the Australian PGA Seniors Championship is building momentum with the professional field growing in profile each year.

"These tournaments really are something special, with spectators walking shoulder to shoulder with some of Australia's golfing greats, it is an experience not to be missed," explained David Barker, Senior State Manager of the PGA of Australia.

"It was a very successful week, the course was immaculate and the golfers had a great time ... we couldn't have really asked for a better weekend," said Legends Tour Coordinator Andy Rogers.

Richmond will host the 2020 Championship before their contract with the PGA runs out, but discussions are currently underway to extend this.

"The title has eluded Pete ... and after last years finish it was nice to see him comeback and win," said Andy.

"It was a quality field with five of our top players all on eight-under at one point.

"We like being in Western Sydney ... Richmond did a great job hosting us ... it has been really good for the Legends Tour and the PGA."

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