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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Early start not a problem for Senior

Australian veteran Peter Senior is happy to have the honour of teeing off first at the British Open – as he is still jetlagged.

The 53-year-old has flown to Muirfield for this week's tournament straight from a 14th-place finish at the US Senior Open in Nebraska.

He has had little time to acclimatise to the Scottish links but has no qualms about being the first out as the event begins at 6.32am.

"It's an honour to lead out the field, it's something special, fantastic," Senior said. "I'll be waking up early so the time difference is not going to worry me. It's just good to be here.

"I've had a bit of a rush from a US Seniors tournament but I've got out, hit a few balls and had a bit of a putt."

Senior will be competing in his 18th British Open but his first for three years and only his second since 2000 after topping the Australasian Order of Merit to qualify. He first played in the British Open in 1979 and achieved a best place of tied fourth at St George's 20 years ago.

Conditions at Muirfield could encourage low scores with the weather forecast good and the course firm. He said: "Everybody tells me it is fantastic so I am really looking forward to it. It's good for everybody when the weather is like this.

"I know there are some die-hards who like to see it blowing but I think it is good for everyone. I've not played an Open for a while and I'm looking forward to it."

Irish Independent

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