Woburn glory for Johnstone
Tony Johnstone’s remarkable recovery from multiple sclerosis continued when he won the Travis Perkins Senior Masters.
Tony Johnstone’s remarkable recovery from multiple sclerosis continued on Sunday when he edged out Peter Senior by one shot to win the Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Woburn.
Johnstone was told he would never play golf again due to the disease, but revolutionary new treatment has enabled him to make a competitive comeback.
He won in Jersey last year and was too strong for Senior on Sunday, his final-round 66 seeing him get the better of the Australian, who could only manage a 71.
A seventh birdie of the day on the 17th gave Johnstone the lead and a hole later he tapped in a par putt for a winning 10-under-par total of 206.
It was a first victory over the Duke’s Course for the Zimbabwean after a number of near misses over the years, notably in the 1992 British Masters to Christy O’Connor Jnr when he lost a play-off.
“I have always had this feeling inside me that one day I would win a tournament here,” said Johnstone.
“I have lost a play-off and had a couple of seconds and thirds. From the first time I ever played this course it has been one of my four favourites anywhere in the world and to win around here is just wonderful.
“Pete played really well, but his putter went cold which is unusual for him as he uses that broomhandle like a wand normally. And unfortunately mine was seriously hot today. I just putted the eyes out of it. It is a lovely feeling to be doing that again. It’s a great feeling.”
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