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Senior sizzles at Perth golf event

  • Senior sizzles at Perth golf event

    Veteran Peter Senior has had a strong first round at the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup.

Australian golfer Peter Senior considered taking some drastic measures to ensure his switch to the short putter didn't feel too strange.

"I've been 30 years with the long putter. I thought about having my legs amputated so I could get it back on the chin again," Senior joked.

The 56-year-old made a strong start to the $US1.75 million Perth International, posting a three-under 69 in the opening round to be just four shots off the lead.

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What made his round even more remarkable was the fact it was his first tournament since making a shift away from his trademark broomstick putter following the sport's ban on anchoring.

"It's a strange feeling after so long, but I was really happy with the way I putted," Senior said.

"The first few holes were going to be the tell-tale signs of what was going to happen, and I putted really well."

Senior posted a stunning two-shot Australian Masters victory at Huntingdale in November, but concedes his time on the pro tour is coming to an end.

"This is my last year in the US," he said.

"I may play one or two more years here in Australia, but that will be it. I'm ready to hang it up.

"Nearly 40 years living out of a suitcase, I'm ready to hang them up."

Senior will start his second round of the Perth International four shots adrift of leader Peter Uihlein, who posted a seven-under 65 on Thursday.

Frenchman Romain Wattel and Indian Shiv Kapur were equal second at six-under, while world No.21 Louis Oosthuizen sits at two-under.

Drawcard Victor Dubuisson faces a battle just to avoid the cut after posting a woeful five-over 77 in his opening round.

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