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Peter Fowler runner-up in Senior Italian Open

Fowler a career highlighted by longevity. (Photo: Bruce Young)
New Zealand based Australian Peter Fowler has finished runner-up after a playoff against American Clark Dennis at the Senior Italian Open Presented by Villaverde Resort Golf Club Udine, the 58 year old producing a strong finishing nine to so nearly take what would have been his 6th European Senior Tour title.

Fowler actually took the lead when Dennis triple bogeyed the 15th hole during Saturday’s second round and Fowler birdied the 16th but a birdie by the American at the 17th got him back level again.

With rain impacting on the playability of the golf course, today’s third and final round was abandoned after a few holes had been played and the pair headed to the 18th, which had been reconfigured to a par 3 due to surface water, to decide a winner.

Dennis holed from 15 feet for birdie to win the title.

Fowler moves to 4th on the 2017 European Senior Tour money list, a season in which he has recorded five top tens and now moved past Noel Ratcliffe as the leading Australian on the European Senior Tour’s career earnings.

Those monies now total €1,391,889 since turning 50 in 2009 and adds to the €3,278,320 he won during his 25 year European Tour career.

Fowler has enjoyed a stellar professional career spanning over 35 years to date including wins at the Australian and New Zealand Opens, the BMW International and the World Cup of Golf (with Wayne Grady)

Melbourne’s Mike Harwood finished 18th this week.  

PETER FOWLER CHAT

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