Early retirement spoils Byron Bay farewell
TWO-time Australian Open champion Peter Senior will miss the chance of a swansong on the Northern Rivers after he was forced into early retirement.
Senior was scheduled to play in the Australian Legends Tour Championship round at Byron Bay Golf Club in a fortnight.
The event is running for a 10th straight year and is stacked with big names including former British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch.
Senior has won the event multiple times in the past and was beaten in a playoff against Tod Power last year.
He had planned to retire at the end of the year which would have made the Byron Bay event one of his final tournaments.
Senior won 34 tournaments globally after turning professional in 1978, and was a dominant figure on the Australian tour during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Between 1989 and 2015 he won three Australian PGA titles, three Australian Masters trophies and two Australian Opens.
Senior has always been a major drawcard at Byron Bay and played at the 2012 event just weeks after winning the Australian Open.
The 57-year-old went on to win it back-to-back before a shoulder injury forced him out of the 2014 event.
The competition attracts a host of golfers from the Legends (seniors ranks).
Former champion Mike Harwood, Rodger Davis and David Merriman are confirmed starters this year.
Friday and Saturday will be a Pro-am event with the final round for professionals only on Sunday.
The tournament starts December 9 with spectators welcome.