Senior Open Hauts de France R3

Peter rises to the top in France with a Baker's dozen

June 07-09
Arras Golf Resort, Anzin-Saint-Aubin, France
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2

Nearly a decade after his last victory, former Ryder Cup player Peter Baker secured his first Staysure Tour title at the Senior Open Hauts de France by Jean van de Velde after a final round five under par 67, signing for a 13 under par total.

Peter rises to the top in France with a Baker's dozen, © Getty Images
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The Englishman, who joined the Staysure Tour in 2017 after turning 50, went wire-to-wire at Arras Golf Resort, having shared the first round lead with Miguel Angel Martín and then took a one-stroke lead into the final round.

At the start of his final round, he quickly made amends after a bogey on the second hole with birdies on four of his next five, making the turn three under par. He then birdied the 13th hole and then made his sixth gain of the day on the 16th hole to move five strokes clear at the top of the leaderboard on 13 under par.

His victory today is his first since his Credit Suisse Challenge victory in 2009 on the European Challenge Tour. The 51-year-old became the 11th player to have won on the European Tour, Challenge Tour and Staysure Tour.

“I’m delighted to get my first win on the Staysure Tour,” said Baker, who represented Europe at The 1993 Ryder Cup. “I’m relieved I’ve done it. I was in a strong position going out, I just wanted to play as well as I had done the first two days and it all came good.


“Hopefully this will give me some confidence to get up there again. No matter which Tour you play on it’s always hard to win, so you keep going, do the right things, and give yourself a chance.

“You do think about it every now and then – I’d won in the 80s, 90s, noughties, and I’ve won now, so that’s four decades. It’s amazing to think about it. It’s something to be proud of. To win on the Staysure Tour against these guys is something really special.

“When I birdied the 16th and was on the 17th tee I knew I was in a pretty strong position, so I knew a couple of pars would get the job done – but you still have to finish it off. I was really strong from about 130 yards in. It’s never really been my strong point but I pitched it really well and gave myself a lot of really good chances throughout the week.”

This is also Baker’s fourth victory in France, having won the UAP Under-25s Championship in 1990, the Tournoi Perrier de Paris with DJ Russell and 2007 Open AGF-Allianz Côtes d’Armor Bretagne.

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“France has been really kind to me,” said Baker. “I like playing over here and it’s great to get my first win under my belt.

“I’ve known Jean since we were 14 or 15, so we have a lot of history together. What he’s done this week has been fantastic, he’s been a great host, and it would be great to come back.”

South Africa’s James Kingston carded a final round of 66 to take second place on eight under par, one stroke ahead of Austria’s Markus Brier.

Two-time Senior Major Champion Roger Chapman shared fourth place with Miguel Angel Martín, Dan Olsen and Phillip Price on six under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money
1
BAKER Peter
ENG
-13
66
70
67
203
€ 30,000
2
KINGSTON James
RSA
-8
71
71
66
208
€ 20,000
3
BRIER Markus
AUT
-7
71
69
69
209
€ 14,000
4
CHAPMAN Roger
ENG
-6
70
70
70
210
€ 8,815
4
MARTIN Miguel Angel
ESP
-6
66
73
71
210
€ 8,815
4
OLSEN Dan
USA
-6
68
69
73
210
€ 8,815
4
PRICE Phillip
WAL
-6
72
73
65
210
€ 8,815
8
DODD Stephen
WAL
-5
74
70
67
211
€ 5,733
8
GILFORD David
ENG
-5
73
70
68
211
€ 5,733
8
LUNA Santiago
ESP
-5
71
74
66
211
€ 5,733
11
LOMAS Jonathan
ENG
-4
68
74
70
212
€ 4,600
11
O’MALLEY Peter
AUS
-4
71
75
66
212
€ 4,600
13
LAWRIE Paul
SCO
-3
68
79
66
213
€ 3,800
13
ORR Gary
SCO
-3
71
72
70
213
€ 3,800
13
WILLIAMS Chris
RSA
-3
69
73
71
213
€ 3,800
16
GOMEZ Rafael
ARG
-2
72
76
66
214
€ 3,028
16
MOLINA Mauricio
ARG
-2
70
73
71
214
€ 3,028
16
QUIROS Juan
ESP
-2
72
73
69
214
€ 3,028
16
SHACKLADY David
ENG
-2
69
73
72
214
€ 3,028
16
WOLSTENHOLME Gary
ENG
-2
70
70
74
214
€ 3,028
21
EVANS Gary
ENG
-1
75
74
66
215
€ 2,440
21
MCGINLEY Paul
IRL
-1
71
75
69
215
€ 2,440
21
WESSELINGH Paul
ENG
-1
70
70
75
215
€ 2,440
24
BOSSERT André
SUI
0
75
71
70
216
€ 2,050
24
DAVIS Mark
ENG
0
72
75
69
216
€ 2,050
24
MOULAND Mark
WAL
0
75
72
69
216
€ 2,050
24
REMESY Jean-François
FRA
0
69
76
71
216
€ 2,050
28
COCERES José
ARG
1
71
75
71
217
€ 1,730
28
DENNIS Clark
USA
1
73
75
69
217
€ 1,730
28
STREETER Paul
ENG
1
74
73
70
217
€ 1,730
28
WOOSNAM Ian
WAL
1
71
78
68
217
€ 1,730
32
CARBONETTI Luis
ARG
2
73
74
71
218
€ 1,550
32
CARRILES José Manuel
ESP
2
73
75
70
218
€ 1,550
34
JOB Nick
ENG
3
69
77
73
219
€ 1,440
34
SUNESON Carl
ESP
3
73
73
73
219
€ 1,440
36
LITTLE Stuart
ENG
4
67
82
71
220
€ 1,360
36
OLAZÁBAL José María
ESP
4
73
73
74
220
€ 1,360
38
BROWN Simon P
ENG
5
71
77
73
221
€ 1,280
38
VAN DE VELDE Jean
FRA
5
77
74
70
221
€ 1,280
40
EMERSON Gary
ENG
6
76
73
73
222
€ 1,180
40
OLDCORN Andrew
SCO
6
71
75
76
222
€ 1,180
40
RICHARDSON Steven
ENG
6
73
76
73
222
€ 1,180
43
THELEN Tim
USA
7
76
76
71
223
€ 1,100
44
SHERBORNE Andrew
ENG
8
76
74
74
224
€ 1,060
45
FARRY Marc
FRA
9
75
78
72
225
€ 980
45
GOLDING Philip
ENG
9
72
80
73
225
€ 980
45
MCGOVERN Brendan
IRL
9
76
76
73
225
€ 980
48
FOWLER Peter
AUS
10
74
74
78
226
€ 900
49
EALES Paul
ENG
12
74
83
71
228
€ 840
49
MACKENZIE Malcolm
ENG
12
80
75
73
228
€ 840
51
BRAND JNR Gordon
SCO
13
79
76
74
229
€ 780
52
TINNING Steen
DEN
14
76
76
78
230
€ 740
53
LASSALLE Laurent
FRA
23
76
83
80
239
€ 700
54
BESANCENEY Michel
FRA
27
79
82
82
243
€ 660