Peter Senior qualifies for his 19th Open

Golf’s ruling bodies may not be too pleased but 53-year old Australian Peter Senior is delighted after qualifying for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Senior will be packing his prize long-handled putter into his golf bag next July for a 19th Open Championship appearance after topping the 2012 Australasian Tour Order of Merit.

Peter Senior Peter Senior (Credit: Anthony Powter)

It was late last month golf’s ruling bodies ruled that from 2016 it will be illegal to anchor the long-handled or belly putter to any part of the body.

That didn’t deter Senior who a dozen days later wielded his broomstick putter to success in the Australian Open.

The Queenslander secured the money list title despite a final round 77 to finish in a tie for 27th at the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

However Senior had virtually wrapped-up the Order of Merit title a week earlier in becoming the oldest-ever player to win the Emirates Australian Open title in Sydney.

Senior first contested the Open Championship in 1979 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

His best finish in golf’s oldest Major was fourth behind fellow Queenslander Greg Norman in the 1993 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s and where the Australian Ashes winning cricket team was present to witness legendary Gene Sarazen had Norman the famed Claret Jug.