Senior winds back the clock with Open win

53-year-old Peter Senior wound back the clock to become the oldest winner of the Australian Open.

Senior overcame gale-force winds and a three-hour delay at the windswept Lakes course in Sydney to post a dogged final-round even-par 72 to win the Stonehaven Cup by a shot from Brendan Jones.

Peter Senior Peter Senior, winner of the 2012 Australian Open at The Lakes (Photo: Anthony Powter)

Contesting his first national championship in four years, the Japan-based Jones nearly overcame a 12-shot deficit early in his round after going five under through his last 13 holes.

An eagle on 17 moved Jones to 3-under and he entered the clubhouse with the rest of the field struggling as light faded. A double bogey on the third hole arguably costing Jones his first national title.

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Scott Gardiner battles the conditions during the final round of the Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney (Photo: Anthony Powter)

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Cameron Percy finished third a further shot back.

It is Senior’s second Australian Open crown, his first came as a 30-year-old back in 1989.

As virtually the entire field went backwards in winds gusting up to 80kph, Senior dropped just two shots all day.

John Senden, who also led into Sunday last year only to come up short, had a day he would rather forget, imploding with a final-round 83 to be joint 18th.

Britain’s world number four Justin Rose dropped a shot at the last to finish with a 76 for a share of fourth alongside Kim Felton and Kieran Pratt.