It is a trophy shaped to represent the Seychelles nut that is native to Praslin, and by claiming it Aussie veteran Peter Fowler became an instant internet sensation.
A final round of three-under 67 saw Fowler register his seventh seniors tour title in Europe at the MCB Tour Championship–Seychelles at Constance Lemuria, the third leg of the Staysure Tour’s conclusion to season 2019.
By virtue of winning, Fowler picked up €48,370 in prizemoney (about $78,164) but it was the distinctive trophy for which he gained instant notoriety, prompting world No.49 – and golf’s No.1 Twitterer – Eddie Pepperell to express his thoughts via social media.
“One of the greatest trophies I’ve seen,” Pepperell posted. “Congrats Peter. Did you have to think extra carefully about where you kissed it before holding it aloft?”
One of the greatest trophies I’ve seen. Congrats Peter. Did you have to think extra carefully about where you kissed it before holding it aloft? https://t.co/knWyu44kRJ
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) December 8, 2019
Such banter will likely be lost on Fowler, who credited a continuing focus on fitness for a win that comes six months after celebrating his 60th birthday.
“The golf ball doesn’t know how old you are. Since I’ve turned 60, I’ve said that I still need to work hard,” Fowler told European Tour Media.
“If you look at Bernhard Langer and the other senior guys who are doing well around the world they continue to work hard on their fitness. That’s important for us because our fitness is dropping, but I’m trying to keep mine up there.
“I’ve proved over the past 10 years that your fitness is key to success.”
— Staysure Tour (@StaysureTour) December 7, 2019
Fowler began the final round four shots adrift of leader James Kingston of South Africa but went bogey-free on the back nine as Kingston and other challengers wilted in the heat.
Winner last year at the Willow Senior Classic, Fowler began his final round with impetus, birdieing the opening two holes and reaching the turn in two-under par after a birdie at the sixth followed by a dropped shot at seven.
As Kingston dropped three shots in the space of four holes, Fowler carded eight consecutive pars from the eighth to the 15th before a birdie at 16 set the clubhouse lead at four-under par, a mark that would prove too much for the chasing pack.
“I made lots of birdies this week,” Fowler added. “I was fortunate to only have one bogey on my card today and that paid off.
“I played quite conservatively on the par 5s towards the end but managed to get the job done. I opened with two birdies and then birdied the sixth and that really settled me down.
“I played quite well and had a lot of birdie chances but didn’t make them until I got to the 16th, but I kept a lot of bogeys off the card and that was important.”