Peter Fowler back on top at Jersey Open

Peter Fowler’s return to the scene of a near career threatening injury six years ago was tinged with joy, clinching a tough one-stroke victory in the Jersey Open on the weekend.

The Australian, who celebrates his 56th birthday on Tuesday, injured his back on the eve of his European Senior Tour debut at the La Moye course in 2009 and was off the scene for almost 12 months following reparative surgery.

Peter Fowler Peter Fowler (Credit: Anthony Powter)

However, a closing one-under 71 for a seven-under winning total buried those demons as he held off playing partner Anders Forsbrand to capture his fourth Senior Tour title, and first since the 2013 French Riviera Masters.

“I made my European Tour debut here and my Senior Tour debut as well, and it is fantastic to now win here too,” said Fowler.

“It’s a course I’m very fond of, so it is special. I also lost in a play-off here to John Morgan in 1986 and my caddie this week, Tim Morton, was on the bag then.”

“I’m staying with him this week, so it’s nice for us to come back together nearly 30 years later and go one better.”

Fowler’s victory continues a strong start to the 2015 Senior Tour season after finishing joint runner up behind Paul Wesselingh in last week’s Wales Senior Open.

“It was a good tussle today with Anders. We played the Tour at the same time and he played very strong today, hitting a lot of greens, but my putting was the difference.”

“I’ve worked hard on my putting and it has come back the last couple of weeks, because it wasn’t very good last year.”

Victorian Mike Harwood was the next best Australian, tied for 20th, ahead of Terry Price, Tim Elliott and Noel Ratcliffe.