No Rest for Senior Open Champ Pooley


Don Pooley doesnt get any rest from the ordeal of winning a playoff with Tom Watson for the U.S. Senior Open. His assignment this week: do it again, this week at the AT&T Canada Senior Open.
Pooley will be in the field which tries for the Canadian championship, though Watson will be absent. The tournament will be held at the Essex Golf and Country Club in LaSalle, Ontario, from July 1-7. LaSalle borders Windsor, Ontario.
Pooleys magnificence at the Senior Open lifted him into a tie for 16th for the scoring average honors at 70.98. Watson, who engaged in a five-hole playoff with Pooley before finally losing to Pooleys birdie, is third on the scoring list with an average of 69.91.
Pooley netted $450,000 for the victory, which boosted him from 38th on the money list to No. 13. His total now stands at $719,288.
Hale Irwin leads the Senior Tour in money won with $1,417,735, a lead of over $300,000 over second-place Dana Quigley. Irwin has played in only 13 events, compared to Quigleys 20, which marks Quigley as one of the real workhorses of the Senior Tour. Watson, who has played only 10 times this year, jumped from 15th to ninth with the $250,000 he won.
Last year the Canada Senior Open was won by Walter Hall in his first victory on the circuit. He prevailed in a playoff over Ed Dougherty. Doughtery miss a 20-foot par putt in the playoff while Hall successfully parred.

Hall, the then-54-year-old former North Carolina appliance sales manager, two-putted from 35 feet in the playoff.
'It's been a fantastic week,' Hall said. 'I was very fortunate today. I didn't play my best, but thank goodness I had my putter in the bag. It saved me time after time.'

Hall parred the final 12 holes of regulation for a 1-under 70 to match Dougherty at 15-under 269. Dougherty finished with a 66.

'I hung in there and scrambled my little fanny off,' Hall said. 'Fortunately, I got through it.'
Both players struggled on No. 18 in regulation, with Dougherty returning from the delay to make his first bogey of the day. He hit his second shot into the grandstand behind the green, and missed a 15-footer for par.
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