Paul Broadhurst: Midlands golfer wins on Senior Tour debut
Paul Broadhurst celebrated his coming of age on the European Senior Tour by winning on his debut in Scotland.
The ex-Ryder Cup player, who qualified for the Seniors when he turned 50 on 14 August, won the Scottish Senior Open in a play-off, beating Austrian Gordon Manson on the second extra hole.
The Midlander had needed a curling downhill 25-foot putt just to get into the play-off at Archerfield Links.
He then birdied both the first two extra holes to claim first prize.
Broadhurst claimed a winner's cheque of €53,778 (£40,000) after finishing with a bogey-free 68 to end up on seven under par for the three-round event, in East Lothian.
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|Scotland-born Austrian Gordon Manson is currently fourth on the European Senior Tour order of merit behind leader Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Australian Peter Fowler.|
"The family are going to be pleased," said the father of four from Atherstone. "I said the other day my bank balance had taken a bit of a battering over the last three or four years but this nice cheque should see me through to Christmas.
"I have to admit I'm a bit surprised," added Broadhurst, who had led the tournament by four shots at one stage in his second round.
"I've got a dreadful play-off record. Absolutely dire. I was two from 12 before today and none from four on the European Tour, so I suppose you could say I was due one. It's been nine years since I won a tournament as big as this so I'm a bit emotional.
"I want to dedicate it to Dave Baxter, a real big pal of mine who died earlier this year. He travelled around the world with me so it's a shame he isn't around to see this."