SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Australia’s Peter Senior won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament on Friday, shooting a 5-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Joe Ozaki, Steve Haskins and Ronnie Black.
Senior, the winner of 18 tournaments in his home country, three events in Japan and four more on the PGA European Tour, had a 17-under 266 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course. The top five finishers earned full exemptions for the 2010 season, while Nos. 6-12 received conditional exemptions. Senior also earned $30,000.
“Getting in here has been an unbelievable thing.” Senior said. “I can now set my schedule and I’m excited about playing on the Champions Tour next year.”
Jim Roy, a reinstated amateur, secured the final full exemption, making a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Kirk Hanefeld and Bruce Vaughan.
Haskins, the son of Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins, finished with a 74. Ozaki shot a 66, and Black had a 70.
The top-30 finishers and ties are eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events next year.