Paul Broadhurst: Midlands golfer wins on Senior Tour debut

By Ged ScottBBC Sport
Paul Broadhurst
Paul Broadhurst dedicated his victory to his late friend Dave Baxter

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."

Paul Broadhurst
Paul Broadhurst produced two birdies to win the play-off