Rod Pampling – file photo Bruce Young
Rod Pampling has finished a very impressive 4th at senior golf’s most significant event, the US Senior Open, and in doing so pocketed his largest cheque in senior golf.
Pampling finished four shots behind the winner, Jim Furyk, but only one shot behind the joint runners-up Mike Weir and two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen and one shot ahead of senior golf’s most prolific money winner, Bernhard Langer
Pampling’s final round of 67 was the equal best of the day on the Omaha Country Club layout in Omaha in Nebraska and secured the Queenslander US$191,000, moving him to 17th on the combined 2020/2021 PGA Tour Champions money list with earnings of US$1.134 million.
51-year-old Pampling has a liking for the layout, a golf course he has played well previously.
“It’s a strong golf course,” he said. “You got to play good golf. You got to hit fairways. I struggled the first two days. Managed it the day 1, and day 2 sort of was a little bit ugly out there but I didn’t lose it at all.
“But it’s just a hard golf course. It’s great. And the whole town I guess. Last time I was here I finished second at Champions Run behind Heath Slocum, so got some good mojo here.
“The last four events have been good. I’ve sort of been progressing in the right direction. The iron play’s been good, just the first for some reason the first two days of the bigger events I haven’t driven it well and it’s kind of taken me out.
“At THE PLAYERS I drove it great on the weekend as I did here. So if I can get that driver working earlier, it’s definitely trending in the right direction and the putting is slowly coming around as well, which is nice.”