PETER Fowler recorded a final round of 67 to win his seventh Staysure Tour title at the MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles at Constance Lemuria.
The Australian, who won last year’s Willow Senior Golf Classic at Hertfordshire’s Hanbury Manor, started the final round four shots adrift of leader James Kingston.
But Fowler carded a three-under par final round, including a bogey-free back nine, to beat the South African by a stroke.
The 2011 Staysure Tour No. 1 began his final 18 holes at the European Tour Destinations venue with impetus.
Fowler birdied the opening two holes to apply pressure on Kingston, reaching the turn in two-under after a gain at the sixth followed by a dropped shot at seven.
The calm approach remained key for the 60-year-old as players struggled in the Seychelles sun, including Kingston who dropped three shots in four holes.
Meanwhile Fowler maintained his advantage over a bunched chasing pack as he carded eight consecutive pars from the eighth to the 15th.
With players jostling for position, Fowler gained another stroke at the par five 16th to set the target at four-under.
And with Kingston unable to finish with a flourish the Australian was crowned champion in the Seychelles as he survived the physcially punishing and picturesque back nine which has serious inclines for the players to negotiate.
“It’s been a fantastic three days of golf,” Fowler said. “I made lots of birdies this week. I was fortunate to only have one bogey on my card today and that paid off.
“I played quite conservatively on the par fives towards the end but managed to get the job done.
“I opened with two birdies and then birdied the sixth and that really settled me down.
“I played quite well and had a lot of birdie chances but didn’t make them until I got to the 16th. But I kept a lot of bogeys off the card and that was important.Ÿ”
Fowleer made light of his latest victory marking 10 years on the European Seniors Tour.
“The golf ball doesn’t know how old you are,” Fowler added. “Since I’ve turned 60, I’ve said that I still need to work hard.
“If you look at Bernhard Langer and the other senior guys who are doing well around the world they continue to work hard on their fitness, which is important for us because our fitness is dropping.
“But I’m trying to keep mine up there. I’ve proved over the last 10 years that your fitness is key to success.”
Kingston signed for a final round of 72 to claim his third runner-up finish of the year.
That moved him into second place on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit.
Welshman Phillip Price, who tops the Order of Merit, extended his advantage following his third place finish in the Seychelles after his 69 on Saturday.
Lancashire’s Paul Eales also carded a round of 69 to join Price and Argentinian Mauricio Molina in a share of third – two strokes behind Fowler.
A group of four players, including Peter Baker, from the West Midlands, and Simon Brown, Spain’s Miguel Angel Martin and Sweden’s Joakim Haeggman, finished three shots adrift on one-under
Haeggman, the first Swede to play in the Ryder Cup carded the joint low round of the day, with a 66.
All the attention moves to Mauritius where the third MCB Tour Championship in a row will bring the curtain down on the 2019 Staysure Tour, with the John Jacobs Trophy going to the No. 1 player on the Order of Merit after the final round.
•For the final scores from the MCB Tour Championship – Seychelles, click here.