Royal Lytham & St Annes

The 1992 Seniors Open Championship

John Fourie became the fourth South African in five years to win the British Senior's Open. The 52-year-old's final-round 69, the best of the day, gave him victory by three strokes from Britain's Neil Coles and the New Zealander Bob Charles, who had won the Open on the same course 29 years earlier. 

Fourie took charge with four birdies in five holes from the eighth, the last a 30-foot putt from off the green. He closed with impressive resolution making a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th and then a 15-foot putt to save par on the next. After his drive on the 18th just missed a bunker, he found the green and took two putts for a two-under 282. The Pretoria club professional's last win in Europe was the Callers of Newcastle in 1977.

Arnold Palmer, after moving into joint second place in mid- round, collapsed to an inward 42 and finished joint ninth. He played with the amateur and 3-handicapper Michael Noon, a local dentist and a member of Royal Lytham. He was the surprise second-round leader after a sparkling 66. This was the lowest round in the four years the tournament was held at Lytham. After forgetting his trusty putter on the final day he eventually ran out of steam and fell back to 12 over par with a closing 82.


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