Taupo professional Simon Owen has won the Australian PGA Seniors Championship in dramatic fashion.


Owen, who finished regulation play tied with Australian Michael Harwood on two-under the card, made a birdie on the first playoff hole to claim the title.


Other Australians Terry Price, Tim Elliot and Alan Cooper all finished one shot outside of the playoff.

Owen, who is famous for finishing runner-up at the 1978 Open Championship to Jack Nicklaus, showed the value of his experience during the first playoff hole.

He hit a three wood off the tee to within 20 feet [7m] of the hole on the short par 4 18th to put the pressure on his rival.

Harwood, also a runner-up at the Open Championship, chose to lay-up and when his birdie putt from 10 feet [3m] failed to drop, the trophy and Championship was Owen's.

“I’m ecstatic to win this tournament,” said the 63-year-old.

“There are some great names on this trophy and it’s an honour to now be alongside them.”

The well-known Kiwi shot rounds of 66, 70 and 72 at the Richmond Golf Club in West Sydney to finish in a share of the lead.

A two-time winner of the New Zealand PGA Senior Championship this was Owen’s first time contesting the Australian PGA Senior Championship which is sanctioned by the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.

Owen’s win continues his illustrious professional career into his senior years.

The former New Zealand Open Champion, who won twice on the European Tour in 1970s, has added two European Senior titles, two Senior NZ PGA Championships and now the Australian Senior PGA Championship to his startling record.

WA PGA Championship: Campbell claims fourth at Kalgoorlie

Masterton professional Ben Campbell has finished in fourth place at the Western Australian PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie.

The former World No.6 amateur shot rounds of 65, 71, 71 and 71 at the Kalgoorlie Golf Club in Perth to finish on a 10-under par total.

Cambell, a former Carrus Open Champion, was two strokes back from the winner Victorian Ryan Lynch.

Rotorua golfer Peter Lee was the next best of the Kiwis when he finished in a share of ninth place.



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