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Peter Senior
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Peter Senior's win at the Australian Open should give hope to seniors everywhere.

SENIOR AND THE 50+ CROWD
Van Sickle: Peter Senior, a broomstick-wielding 53-year-old, won the Aussie Open, one of the world's great golf tournaments. Can Senior win a major championship? Can any over-50 player win a major? And if so, who's most likely to do it?

Herre: Yes, a 50-year-old can win a major. Floyd, Singh and Watson have shown that. Peter Senior? Probably not. Good win, though.

Reiterman: Senior? No. But, yes, a 50+ player will win a major. Guys are in much better shape, so it's only a matter of time. Wouldn't be surprised if the first player to do it is Tiger.

Morfit: The most likely scenario: a former Open champ like Tom Lehman has a dream week, like Watson at Turnberry.

Hanger: I definitely think a 50+ player can win a major, primarily because the equipment is such an equalizer nowadays. The old guys might want to hustle while the long putters are still legal, though. That said, I'm not rushing out to bet on any of the 50-year-olds I see on the Champions Tour stats pages.

Van Sickle: Good point. It's got to be a 50-something who can still putt. And it's got to be a course that favors precision over distance, like Merion or Muirfield this year. Muirfield with four days of wind would be a great chance for Senior or Langer or someone similar.

Walker: Four days of wind at Muirfield ... is that Colin Montgomerie's music?

Herre: I'll go with the Duf to be the first over-50 major winner. I'm on the record as saying he reminds me of the late-blooming Floyd. Plus, I predict he'll have at least one other major win before he does it post-50.

Godich: I could see Vijay stealing a major.

Van Sickle: I still wouldn't rule out Bernhard Langer, but he'd better do it before the anchoring ban in 2016.

Godich: I'll throw another name out there: Ernie Els, at the 2020 British Open.

Dusek: Peter Senior is tough to envision, but a 50-year-old could certainly win a major. Kenny Perry was almost 49 when he just missed at the 2009 Masters. Davis Love could contend at the right venue, and maybe Miguel Angel Jimenez, who won again last month.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Will a 50-something win a major? Who's most likely to pull it off?

THE HEAVY STUFF
Van Sickle: The Aussie Open had a weather delay, and the final round was played in high wind. It's such great fun to watch these guys battle adverse conditions. What were the worst conditions you ever played in, or reported in? I know the 2002 British Open at Muirfield, when the storm came up around Tiger's tee time, was brutal. It was so cold my pen wouldn't write when I was trying to talk to - yes - Duffy Waldorf.

Bamberger: Caddying in the '85 Open at Sandwich, my guy, Jamie Howell, was paired with Maurice Bembridge, who covered about 220 yards with a solid drive and a nutted 3-wood into a five-club wind. A caddie said, The breeze is up.

Morfit: I played Nairn in deplorable weather, even for Scotland. As far as working, I made the mistake of following the last group Friday at St. Andrews in 2010 and got caught way out there at the turn when it started to rain.

Van Sickle: John Garrity and I played his beloved Carne Golf Links in Ireland, and it was blowing close to 60. It was difficult to walk because the bag I was carrying acted as a sail downwind and an anchor into the wind. It was blowing so hard, I could almost lean forward and the wind would keep me from falling.

Godich: At Richardson High back in 1975, the golf team had a tournament in Waxahachie, Texas. It was also Senior Skip Day at RHS. It was raining when we left for the tournament, and we played about two holes before the monsoon hit. They pulled us off the course, then sent us back out once or twice. They refused to call the thing off. We waited around all afternoon. None of our teachers believed we were really playing golf. Even my sweet mother was dubious!

Van Sickle: The '96 Scottish Open at Carnoustie, which I covered, was played in a gale. I don't think it was coincidence that it was won by the shortest guy in the field, Ian Woosnam. Tiger played as an am and missed the cut. He made a joke about the weather and the bottle of scotch all the players got, saying something about how he was going to dive into it after those nasty conditions.

Dusek: During the first round of the 2008 Open Championship at Birkdale, it rained sideways and made the rafters inside the media center moan. Sandy Lyle quit and walked off the course. It wasn't a whole lot better when I was walking with Rory and Rickie in 2011 at Royal St. George's. Even the ducks were saying, "Dude, I'm soaked!"

Walker: For rainfall amount and duration, I'm not sure the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor can be topped. Even the rainsuits malfunctioned.

Morfit: Mud. Never seen more of it, except at the U.S. Open at Bethpage. Celtic smelled worse though.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: What's the worst weather you've ever seen or experienced on the golf course?

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