Ironic twist to Senior's share of lead at PGA

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian PGA Championship | Round One | 11 Dec 2003
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In a late afternoon move at the Australian PGA Championship, Peter Senior has made his way to the top of the leaderboard, but has been joined there, just a few minutes later, by the West Australian Steve Collins.

The irony? Well Peter Senior’s now two year caddy, Gary Parker from Brisbane, was replaced this week as a result of a commitment by Senior to have a good friend from amateur days on the bag for both this and next week. So what did Baker do? He went out and found another bag, Steve Collins from Western Australia and now both Senior and Collins are tied in the lead. While Baker would not want to wish ill on his employer of two years he will no doubt be closely monitoring the leaderboard over the next few days to see how his old and new bosses are doing. Baker will be back with Senior early in the new year.

Senior has not played a lot in recent months, at least on a major tour, although he has won on the Von Nida Tour earlier in the year and was third at the recent Queensland PGA. He contended after two rounds last week at the MasterCard Masters and then faded at the weekend and it may be with that run under his belt that he can fight it out for much longer this week.

Pampling’s seven under round of 65 stood the test of time at least for four hours until both Senior and Collins forged ahead with birdies at their 17th holes. He holds third place just one shot back with Victorian Martin Doyle in fourth. The large group at five under includes Greg Norman, Craig Parry, Nick O’Hern, Wade Ormsby, with Peter Lonard, Adam Scott and Peter O’Malley out late in the group at four under. Along with morning starter and Jacob’s Creek Classic winner Joe Ogilvie also on that score.

The cut, given similar conditions tomorrow, should fall at one under or thereabouts as currently there are 59 players under par.

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