A SHOULDER injury stands in the way of Peter Senior defending his title at the Australian Legends Tour Championship at the Byron Bay Golf Club.
The 55-year-old had shoulder surgery in November and was expected to miss two months of competition.
He is yet to officially pull out of the Byron Bay event, which starts on December 19.
"We'll still promote him as playing until we hear otherwise," Byron Bay Golf Club professional Greg Stewart said.
"Peter is an outstanding golfer and has been a big drawcard here in recent years. It's still a couple of weeks away and he might be feeling up to it by then.
"We'd obviously love to have him but there is a plan B if he can't play.
"There are four or five big names and some pros playing here for the first time that people will recognise from TV."
Senior has won the event in convincing fashion back-to-back and it would be wide open without him.
The competition attracts a host of golfers from the Legends (seniors ranks).
Former champion Mike Harwood and Rodger Davis will be among the top players at the three-day event. Peter Fowler, Terry Ferguson, David Merriman and Terry Gale have also committed.
"Peter (Senior) has been a runaway winner the last two years but any one of about 10 guys are a big chance in this field," Stewart said.
"We have full fields and we're just counting down to the day now."
Amateurs and sponsors also play at the event, with a hole-in-one challenge, pro shoot-out and other activities.
Entry is free with spectators welcome all three days.