Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Soggy Senior Feels Sorry for Rival Gates

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Soggy Senior Feels Sorry for Rival Gates

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Byline: WAYNE HEMING of AAP

LEADERBOARD

Incomplete fourth round scores from the fourth round of the Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Resort, Coolum:

-12: Peter Senior (AUS) 70 67 68 9 holes

-11: Robert Gates (USA) 64 69 71 9 holes, Peter Fowler (AUS) 66 70 70 11 holes

-10: Geoff Ogilvy (AUS) 70 69 71 13 holes, Richard Green (AUS) 72 68 70 13 holes, Andre Stolz (AUS) 67 69 70 11 holes, Matthew Griffin (AUS) 68 70 72 14 holes

-9: Aaron Townsend (AUS) 68 67 70 10 holes, John Senden (AUS) 69 65 74 12 holes, Robert Allenby (AUS) 70 68 72 14 holes

-8: Nick O'Hern (AUS) 70 70 68 11 holes, Wen-chong Liang (CHN) 66 68 75 12 holes

-7: Brad Kennedy (AUS) 68 72 73 17 holes; Marc Leishman (AUS) 72 71 72 66

-6: Akio Sadakata (JPN) 67 72 67 10 holes, Andrew Buckle (AUS) 64 75 72 15 holes, David McKenzie (AUS) 73 68 72 16 holes, Anthony Summers (AUS) 68 72 72 15 holes

-5: Jarrod Lyle (AUS) 74 70 72 67, Nathan Green (AUS) 71 70 73 69, Adam Crawford (AUS) 68 71 72 15 holes, Steven Bowditch (AUS) 66 76 66 11 holes, Gary Simpson (AUS) 71 69 68 12 holes, Ji-ho Jung (KOR) 71 67 71 12 holes

IT may help the Australian veteran win, but Peter Senior still felt young American Bobby Gates was dudded by a ruling just before officials halted play midway through a waterlogged final round of the $1.5 million PGA Championship at Coolum.

"Poor old Bobby Gates, the bunker was just riddled with water on the ninth," said Senior of the shot the 24-year-old American had to play from the sand which cost him the tournament lead.

"I walked past the bunker and said to Bobby Cymate, there's no way you can play it'," added Senior, who ended a dramatic day leading at 12-under through nine holes from another 51-year-old, Peter Fowler, and Gates.

"There was six inches of water on the bottom and there was water pouring off the lips going down the sides.

"The rules are you have to get total relief. I didn't think he had total relief.

"It was a bit disappointing and I think he'll remember that."

Play was officially abandoned for the day at 4.28pm with 24 players still out on the course. …

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