After a first round of 72, one over par, at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Paul Broadhurst admitted that he was searching for flights home – what happened next, no one expected.
Over his next three rounds, he recorded scores of 66-64-63 to finish on 19 under par – matching the Senior PGA Championship’s record-low 72-hole total.
After Saturday’s third round, Broadhurst found himself just two strokes behind Scott McCarron and Tim Petrovic, who shared the 54-hole lead on 13 under par.
He immediately gained ground with a birdie on the first and then followed it with three more gains to make the turn in just 32 strokes. After his birdie on the ninth, he was level with Petrovic on 15 under par.
They traded blows on the tenth hole, but it was a crucial birdie on the 12th which saw Broadhurst take the outright lead for the first time.
Already a five-time winner on the over-50s circuits on both sides of the Atlantic, Broadhurst knows what it takes to close out a tournament.
A dropped shot by Petrovic gave Broadhurst a two-stroke advantage with three to play, but the Englishman moved to 18 under par with his seventh birdie of the day.
Broadhurst found the 18th green with his second stroke, and then rubberstamped his victory with an incredible 30-foot putt to sign for a tournament-low eight under par round of 63.
Recovering from a one over par opening round, Broadhurst carded a five under par second round and then played his final two rounds 15 under par.
He had 26 birdies in his final 61 holes, and one-putted 36 greens across 72 holes.
So dominant was Broadhurst’s performance, runner-up Petrovic recorded the second-best non-winning score in Senior PGA Championship history on 15 under par. Nothing was going to stop the Englishman.
The old adage goes: it’s not how you start but how you finish. Paul Broadhurst certainly finished in some style as he secured his second Senior Major Championship.