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Peter Senior Comes out of Retirement

Peter Senior has come out of retirement to play the Australian PGA Championship later this month.
Peter Senior has shown the first sign that he could eventually become golf's version of John Farnham.

'Whispering Jack' has perhaps become better known in the past 15 years for his swathe of unexpected comeback tours than his impressive vocal range and now he has at least something in common with the Australian golf icon.

Senior - who still competes regularly on the Australian over-50 PGA Legends Tour - has come out of retirement to compete at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast at the end of the month.

Less than 12 months ago, Senior abruptly announced he was retiring from regular 'under-50' professional events following his mid-tournament withdrawal from the Australian Open citing a debilitating hip injury.

"This is it for me. I'm not playing any more golf," an emotional Senior said shortly after walking in after completing only five holes of his second round at Royal Sydney.

But fast forward one year, and fans of the 58-year-old will be pleased to see him return to the fairways in his home state at RACV Royal Pines Resort in an unlikely quest for a fourth Australian PGA Championship title.

According to the PGA of Australia, persuasion from Senior's wife to compete in the tournament was instrumental in his last minute addition to the field.

“I rang up at 3.30pm on the day that entries closed, I just had a feeling that I would like to play,” said Senior.

“When you are playing professional golf you never play many tournaments at home. So my friends and family don’t get a chance to get out to the tournaments to have a look. So this gives my family a good opportunity to see me just one last time.

“They can’t wait; they are more excited than I am.”

Senior stressed that this is not a comeback and said his pledge to retire at last year's Australian Open was genuine.

“I really didn’t think I would get to play any more tournaments. At the time, my body was not good and it was just not nice playing injured. Now the body is back to normal.

“But this is not a comeback.”

Senior has a home nearby at Hope Island which was also a motivating factor for his return.

"I don’t miss tournament golf but I am still competitive whenever I play and since it is at home I would like to play one more tournament.”

“I have been playing pretty good of late and since I didn’t have to jump on a plane I thought I would be happy to give it a go.”

While Senior has taken a step back from the PGA Tour of Australasia, he still competes regularly in pro-ams on the Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour.

“I play about 22 pro-am type events a year. We had the NSW Senior Open down on the Murray River and I played pretty well for the first couple of days. The last day wasn’t great but I feel like my golf is in a position that I have a fair chance of doing reasonably well,”

Senior said he will spend two weeks with his coach Gary Edwin at The Glades on the Gold Coast to prepare.

The Australian PGA Championship will be held from November 30 - December 3.

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