Peter Senior

Peter Albert Charles Senior (born 31 July 1959) is an Australian professional golfer who has won more than twenty tournaments around the world.

Peter Senior
Personal information
Full namePeter Albert Charles Senior
Born (1959-07-31) 31 July 1959
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceHope Island, Australia
Turned professional1978
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Champions Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins34
Highest ranking23 (28 November 1993)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour4
Japan Golf Tour3
PGA Tour of Australasia23
European Senior Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT42: 1990
PGA ChampionshipT44: 1995
U.S. OpenCUT: 1990
The Open ChampionshipT4: 1993
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
1987, 1989, 1993, 2012

Senior has competed mainly on the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he has had the most success and won the Order of Merit on four occasions, and the European Tour. He has also played occasionally on the Japan Golf Tour and the United States-based PGA Tour.

Senior has represented Australia in international competitions several times, and was a member of the International Team at the first two stagings of the Presidents Cup. He has also represented Australia twice at the World Cup.

Personal life

Senior was born in Singapore. He lives in Hope Island, Queensland with his wife June, whom he married in 1984. They have three children: Krystlle, Jasmine and Mitchell.

In his spare time Peter enjoys fishing, reading and spending time with his family. Peter also owns various other businesses unrelated to his golfing career.

Professional career

Senior turned professional in 1978 and joined the PGA Tour of Australia, now the PGA Tour of Australasia. During his career, he has won 19 tournaments on the tour, including the Australian PGA Championship in 1989, 2003 and 2010, the Australian Open in 1989 and 2012, and the Australian Masters in 1991, 1995 and 2015. Senior has won professional events on the main men's tour in five separate decades, a feat achieved by very few players previously anywhere in the world. He also has the distinction of winning the Australian PGA, Open and Masters tournaments after he turned 50. He also topped the tour's Order of Merit in 1987, 1989 and 1993. Even after reaching the age of fifty, he remains competitive on the tour.[2][3]

Between 1984 and 1992, Senior competed on the European Tour full-time, winning four tournaments and finishing a career best of 7th on the Order of Merit in 1987. He also played regularly on the Japanese Tour, winning three tournaments before rejoining the European Tour in 1998.[4] Through the 2007 season he continued to play in a small number of tournaments on the tour.

In 1985, Senior finished 5th at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn his card for the following season. He did not have much success, making just two cuts in the first half of the season, before he elected to return to Europe. He did play in several PGA Tour events in other seasons, notably finishing tied for second in The International in 1990, but never tried to qualify for the tour again.

Senior made his debut on the over-50 circuit the Champions Tour in February 2010 at The ACE Group Classic. Senior has yet to win on the Champions Tour, but has finished as a runner up on six occasions, with three playoff defeats. One of these came in February 2012 at the Allianz Championship, when Senior birdied the final hole of regulation to make the playoff before losing to Corey Pavin with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Senior announced his retirement during the second round of the 2016 Australian Open held at The Royal Sydney Golf Club. Senior suffered a hip injury on the sixth hole and announced his retirement from professional golf shortly after.

Professional wins (34)

European Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 10 Aug 1986 PLM Open −11 (69-72-64-68=273) 2 strokes Mats Lanner
2 27 Jun 1987 Johnnie Walker Monte Carlo Open −16 (66-63-65-66=260) 1 stroke Rodger Davis
3 9 Sep 1990 Panasonic European Open −13 (67-68-66-66=267) 1 stroke Ian Woosnam
4 10 May 1992 Benson & Hedges International Open −1 (74-73-70-70=287) Playoff Tony Johnstone

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

1 1992 Benson & Hedges International Open Tony Johnstone Won with par on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (23)

Japan Golf Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 19 Apr 1992 Bridgestone ASO Open −7 (70-70-70-71=281) 1 stroke Rick Gibson
2 02 May 1993 The Crowns −10 (68-67-69-66=270) 1 stroke Gary Hallberg, Masashi Ozaki
3 23 Apr 1995 Dunlop Open −9 (69-70-67-73=279) 5 strokes Brian Watts

Other wins (3)

European Senior Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 Nov 20101 Handa Australian Senior Open −9 (65-70-72=207) 3 strokes Sandy Lyle

1 Part of the 2011 European Senior Tour season

Results in major championships

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT T14 T44 CUT CUT 6 CUT
PGA Championship T58
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T42
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT T17 T25 T4 T20 T58 CUT T51 CUT
PGA Championship 62 CUT T48 T51 T71 T44 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T72
PGA Championship
Tournament 2010201120122013
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T60 T79
PGA Championship
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1979 Open Championship)
"T" = tied


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000011
U.S. Open00000010
The Open Championship0001261912
PGA Championship00000086
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1992 Open Championship – 1995 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances

See also


  1. "Week 48 1993 Ending 28 Nov 1993" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  2. Craddock, Robert (8 December 2008). "Persistent Peter Senior just keeps on coming at 49". Herald Sun. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  3. "Peter Senior to take on US Seniors tour". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 24 December 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  4. "Australian PGA champ Senior to play in NZ Open". The New Zealand Herald. 18 December 2003. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  5. Murnane, Matt (23 November 2015). "A step back in time as Peter Senior wins the Australian Masters golf title at Huntingdale". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
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