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Senior PGA Championship 2018

DATES: May 24-27
SITE: Trump National Golf Club, Potomac Falls, Virginia
PRIZE MONEY: $2,800,000

Round 4 - Brilliant Broadhurst wins second Senior Major Championship

May 27, 2018

Paul Broadhurst became a two-time Senior Major Championship winner after dominating on the final day of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, winning by four strokes.

This is the 1991 Ryder Cup player's seventh victory since joining the over-50s ranks, and his second Senior Major after coming from four strokes behind to win The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at Carnoustie in 2016.

Brilliant Broadhurst wins second Senior Major Championship, © Getty Images

“It's obviously up there with the Senior Open. They're the top two. I couldn't choose between the two, they're both equal in my opinion. I just wish I was playing like this on the main tour 20 years ago."

The 52 year old started the final day at Harbor Shores Golf Club two strokes behind 54-hole leaders Tim Petrovic and Scott McCarron, and immediately made his move with a birdie on the first hole.

He drew level at the turn with a birdie on the ninth hole, moving to 15 under par alongside Petrovic. Both reached 16 under par with birdies on the tenth before Broadhurst pulled away with a birdie on the 12th hole.

Broadhurst had a two stroke lead after Petrovic dropped a shot on the 16th hole, and he increased that to three strokes with a birdie on the par three 17th.

He then finished in incredible fashion with a 40 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, reaching a joint-Championship record low 72-hole total of 19 under par and signing for a tournament-low eight under par 63, one better than his seven under par 64 the previous day.

“Once I got into the round I started to relax a little bit and it was only, I guess when I finished the front that you, I wouldn't say tense up, but you know you got something to lose now. You're leading the tournament, it's not necessarily yours to lose because you got no control on what Tim or Scott were doing behind, but it felt it was not necessarily mine to lose, but there was something to lose if I hit bad shots."

“I actually spoke to my caddie about that going down the last, we don't want to 3-putt and give him the opportunity, because stranger things have happened in golf by people holing their second shots. And to see it go in the middle of the hole on the last was just a special feeling to finish a tournament off like that.”

The Englishman started the week with a one over par first round, recovered with a five under par second round and played his final two rounds 15 under par.

Miguel Angel Jiménez finished fifth on 12 under, with fellow Staysure Tour members Colin Montgomerie and Chris Williams a shot further back in sixth place.

2002 Ryder Cup player Phillip Price carded a final round 67 to share eighth place on ten under par.

Broadhurst is the second English player in history to win the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, following in 2012 winner Roger Chapman's footsteps. Five of the last seven winners are European: Broadhurst (2018), Chapman (2012), Bernhard Langer (2017), Colin Montgomerie (2014, '15).

Round 3 - Broadhurst battles at Benton Harbor in bid for second Senior Major

May 26, 2018

Paul Broadhurst, winner of The 2016 Senior Open Presented by Rolex, will go in search of his second Senior Major Championship as he heads into the final round of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead.

The 1991 Ryder Cup player, who has stormed on to the over-50s circuit with four victories on the Staysure Tour and two further wins on the US PGA Tour Champions, carded the joint-lowest third round in the Championship’s history with a seven under par 64, moving to 11 under par at Harbor Shores Golf Club.

Broadhurst battles at Benton Harbor in bid for second Senior Major, © Getty Images

Starting his day with five birdies on his first six holes, and then adding another at the par four eighth hole, The 52 year old recovered from a bogey on the 12th hole with two further gains to finish seven under par on the day.

“Everything was going along nicely. But you're not going to keep that sort of momentum going for 18 holes and obviously the run slowed down a little bit in the middle."

“Poor bogey on 12. Bounce-back birdies at 14 and 15. Finished pretty solid over the last three. So really pleased."

“The more you're up there, the more you're in the last two or three matches the more comfortable you feel. Hopefully it will stand me in good stead. What I can take from it? I guess that I came out victorious at Carnoustie. But there's some top players up there, obviously. Scott's been playing really recently, Miguel won last week, so I'm going to have to come out and shoot 4-, 5-under again tomorrow. So I'll give it my best shot and see what happens tomorrow."

Broadhurst sits in third place behind joint-leaders Tim Petrovic and Scott McCarron, who won his first Senior Major Championship at the Constellation Senior Players in 2017. The American pair are 13 under par after 54 holes.

“I certainly feel comfortable being in the hunt, being in the last groups" said McCarron. I've learned a lot over the last couple years playing with Bernhard Langer a lot. I've been fortunate enough to play with him in a lot of final groups and second to last groups and battled it out with him and watch him.

“The way he conducts himself around the golf course, doesn't let too many things bother him. So I learned a lot from him, just being really patient, so I don't really let that kind of big moment really get to me too much, just kind of control your emotions going through the day, and that's the biggest key for me.”

Miguel Angel Jiménez, who won his maiden Senior Major at last week’s Regions Tradition, birdied four of his first five holes in Michigan, making the turn four under par. He made two further gains on the back nine to move to nine under par.

Colin Montgomerie, a two-time winner of the Senior PGA Championship, is joined by fellow staysure Tour members Jesper Parnevik and Chris Williams in ninth place on seven under par, and 2002 Ryder Cup player Phillip Price carded a four under par round of 67 to move to 18th place alongside 1993 Ryder Cup player Barry Lane on six under par.

Round 2 - Williams keeps pace after testing day in Michigan

May 25, 2018

Chris Williams, 2017 Staysure Tour Order of Merit runner-up, carded a second round of 68, three under par, to remain one shot off the lead at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

“I hit the ball unbelievably well today. Almost half my round I was putting for birdie from inside ten feet, but the putter was ice cold today. But, it just makes par easier, and if I can do that over the weekend that will be great."

“I’m happy to be here and playing this well. These guys are good players, and to be up there and competing with them is fantastic."

“The biggest challenge on this course is trying to get your ball on the same level as the pin. You can hit a really good shot and be five feet from the wrong line and end up 30 feet away from the hole.”

Williams keeps pace after testing day in Michigan, © Getty Images

The South African started the day on four under par after his first round of 67 at Harbor Shores Golf Club, and set out to chase down Tim Petrovic’s lead, which the American set at seven under par. Williams shares third place with Petrovic, Joe Durant and Jerry Kelly.

Meanwhile, Scott McCarron, who won his first Senior Major Championship at the 2017 Constellation Senior Players Championship, set the clubhouse target of eight under par, which Kevin Sutherland matched later in the afternoon.

“You get to many of these Majors and it has a bit of a bigger feel than we usually have on some of our tournaments on Tour. For me it’s a lot of fun. I think I get up more for the Majors because I never won a Major on the PGA Tour."

“I like the golf course, it’s a lot of fun to play, you’ve got some great holes out there on the course. There’s some really tough little holes that you have to watch out for. Then there are some par fives that I can reach and make some birdies and be aggressive with.”

Barry Lane and Magnus P Atlevi share tenth place with fellow Staysure Tour member Peter Lonard on five under par, while 2016 Senior Open Presented by Rolex winner Paul Broadhurst carded a five under par second round to take a share of 15th place on four under.

David Frost, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Jesper Parnevik and Colin Montgomerie are a shot further back on three under par.

One player who fell foul of the pitfalls on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Championship course was Welshman Stephen Dodd. The two-time Staysure Tour winner went out in an incredible 29 strokes, but had to settle for a one under par total after finding trouble on the back nine in Michigan.

 

Round 1 - Lane lands share of first round lead at KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

May 24, 2018

Barry Lane, a member of Europe’s 1993 Ryder Cup team, carded a five under par round of 66 to share the first round lead at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the second Senior Major of the 2018 season.

The Englishman, a six-time winner on the Staysure Tour, adding to five victories on the European Tour, made the turn at Harbor Shores Golf Club four under par, and made two further gains on the back nine after a bogey on the first hole, his tenth.

Lane lands share of first round lead at KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, © Getty Images

“I've been playing really well for a while, really. I played really well but I was a bit too aggressive, so I was hitting balls by the flag and bouncing them into the bank with wedges, so I was a bit disappointed. But I had played really well the other week in Texas and didn't really putt very well."

“But we had two weeks out here and I practiced really hard every day on the putting and wasn't really much better until yesterday afternoon when Camilla said, it looks like you're strangling a snake, so just grip it a little bit lighter. And it just freed me up. It's all about just literally the first three days getting yourself, if you can get yourself in with a chance.”

He shares the lead with Australia’s Peter Lonard – who finished third at last year’s Senior Open Presented by Rolex – Senior Major champion Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Wes Short Jr., and PGA Club Professional Stuart Smith.

Chris Williams, runner up on the 2017 Staysure Tour Order of Merit, kept pace with Smith, who set the early clubhouse target, with a four under par first round – his lowest in seven appearances at the Senior PGA Championship.

“I was very nervous when I was teeing off there, so, but I hit my second to six inches and it was just the best start I ever had and I just started to relax a little bit for about four holes and my game started coming through and I played steady golf all day. No mistakes, wasn't in any trouble, I think I only missed one or two greens only and no fairways, so I was really solid today."

“I got here on Monday and it's still playing quite long. There was no run, even on any drive out there, maybe three feet at the most. So it's playing its full length. The greens are a little slower than they have been in the past few years, but I think they will get quicker as it goes on.”

Fellow former Order of Merit runner-up Magnus P Atlevi, who finished second to Paul Broadhurst on the money list in 2016, recovered from a three over par start after six holes to finish his round three under par.

The Swede, a former Staysure Tour Rookie of the Year, shares ninth place with 14 other golfers.

“I'm very happy. It was like, man, this could have been anything. It could have been a couple of more easily, but I'm very happy. Bad start, great in the middle, and then you mess it up in the end. You have so many thoughts, but you have that after 10 weeks because you're not into it. So I'm just happy I'm alive. Very much. So here we go.”

Simon Brown, Stephen Dodd, Colin Montgomerie, Jarmo Sandelin and Vijay Singh carded first rounds of 69, two under par.

 




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