Paul Broadhurst: Senior Open champion enjoying potentially 'life changing' win

Paul Broadhurst and Miguel Angel Jimenez
Paul Broadhurst (left) is one of nine golfers to share the record for the lowest round at the Open, carding a 63 at St Andrews in 1990

From contemplating the golfing scrapheap, to top of the heap at Carnoustie - it has been quite a three years for Paul Broadhurst.

The new Senior Open champion was struggling to take it all in after his two-shot win over Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez gave the 50-year-old from Atherstone in Warwickshire his first major title.

The moment was sweet for several reasons, not least a vindication for Broadhurst's decision not to quit in 2013.

"I had a decision to make - either stop playing and going into teaching or find another job," he told BBC Sport. "The win's pretty special and it's something I've dreamt about since turning 50."

Broadhurst recorded his best-ever Open finish of 12th at Carnoustie in 2007 and played the course when it regularly hosted the Scottish Open during the 1990s.

"The course suits my eye and I've had some good results there," he said. "I was chuffed to bits when I knew the event was being held there.

"My opening round 75 didn't go to plan but I still felt I was playing pretty good from tee to green.

"When I went in front at the 15th in the final round after I hit a great seven iron to about five feet and rolled the putt in, I thought: 'Right, it's in my hands now, it's mine to lose'."

Broadhurst's win earned him close to £200,000 and places on the lucrative Champions Tour in America and the 2017 US Open, 20 years after his last appearance at Congressional in 1997.

His Carnoustie success may well turn out to be life-changing.

"It could well be - when I turned 50 the aim was to get on the Champions Tour and I've got that now," Broadhurst said. "I've just got to sit down now and re-assess my life."

Nice to prove the old man can still play

Paul Broadhurst (centre) with family
Senior Open champion Paul Broadhurst with son and caddie Sam, other son Aaron and wife Lorraine

Broadhurst was accompanied round to his Senior Open triumph by his 19-year-old son and caddie Sam.

"We were in a local supermarket and a guy came up to us and said to my son: 'Your dad used to be famous'," he continued. "My son said: 'Yes I know, he used to be a good golfer.'

"He was on the bag so it's nice to be able to show him that I'm still half-decent."

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