GOLF: It's Peter Senior's Australian Open! A final round 72 was enough to give the 53-year-old Australian veteran a one-shot victory at The Lakes. Senior opened the tournament with a 75 on Thursday but subsequent rounds of 68, 69 and 72 in challenging conditions - including gale force winds and a three hour delay - saw him edge out Brendan Jones by one shot. Senior becomes the oldest Australian Open champion ever.
The golf result completes our live coverage of today's Sunday sport, highlighted by Australia's thrilling Champions Trophy hockey triumph over the Netherlands. Other notable moments were Sydney FC's away win over Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and a bloodied Juan Manuel Marquez knocking out Manny Pacquiao with one second left in the sixth round to win their welterweight fight in Las Vegas. See you all again soon!
A Senior moment ... Peter Senior was all smiles during his final round at The Lakes. Photo: Brendan Esposito
GOLF: The Australian Open is set for a headline finish. Veteran Peter Senior is the outright leader at 4-under after having just finished his round. Justin Rose is the only player who can still catch senior, a further two shots back with two holes to complete. But it would take something of a minor miracle for Senior to lose from here and not complete a fantastic victory after surviving challenging final day conditions.
HORSE RACING: Big day of racing at Sha Tin in Hong Kong today. But a dejected John O'Shea could offer no excuse for the disappointing run of Sea Siren in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin.
Sea Siren, a triple group 1 winner in Australia this year, finished ninth behind Japanese star Lord Kanaloa who now boasts a record of 12 starts for eight wins and four placings. Neither the trainer nor jockey Jim Cassidy could explain the run from a mare who had given every indication she was fit and well.
GOLF: Tough conditions are causing havoc in the final round of the Australian Open at The Lakes. Peter Senior has moved into the outright lead approaching the midway point of his back nine after play was suspended earlier in the day due to the extreme winds
Leaderboard at 6.55pm AEDT:
-4 Peter Senior (through 15 holes)
-3 Brendan Jones (18), Justin Rose (13)
-1 Cameron Percy (16), Kim Felton (18), Kieran Pratt (15)
EVEN Stuart Appleby (15), Scott Gardiner (18), Michael Hendry (18)
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The damage caused to a marquee due to high winds at The Lakes. Photo: Reuters
HOCKEY: Australia wins the Champions Trophy! A thrilling golden goal from Kieran Govers five minutes into extra time did the job. A packed Melbourne crowd came to its feet. The Kookaburras win their five trophy in sensational style, beating the the Netherlands 2-1. It was an enthralling extra time period after the scores were tied 1-1 after normal time.
Read a full report HERE.
BOXING: A bloodied Juan Manuel Marquez has knocked out Manny Pacquiao with a right hand with one second left in the sixth round to win their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The 39-year-old Mexican sent Pacquiao face first to the canvas, giving him his first victory over the Filipino star in the fourth fight of their epic rivalry.
Marquez ended the fight with a overhand right that hit Pacquiao flush, sending Pacquiao down hard.
Pacquiao landed under the ropes and lay there for a couple of minutes before getting up and returning to his corner.
HOCKEY: The Champions Trophy final goes to extra-time with the scores locked at 1-1 after the regulation period. Golden goal rules are in play so don't tune out for a minute! Australia chasing another title but the Netherlands are tough opponents.
GOLF: New Zealand golfer Michael Hendry claimed the clubhouse lead during the wind-marred final round of the Australian Open at The Lakes.
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After a three-hour suspension in play, Hendry overcame gusts of up to 80kph to sign off with a dogged one-under 71 and finish with a 72-hole total of even-par 278.
With the leaders only having just teed off a few shots ahead, Hendry was hoping his score held up if the brutal conditions persisted late this afternoon.
Veteran Nick O'Hern, who took a triple-bogey seven on the 10th hole immediately before the suspension, bogeyed the last hole to finish at one over for the championship following his last-round 72.
Knowing how vital it was to post a number, Brett Rumford was minutes earlier too distraught to talk after taking a double-bogey on the last hole to also finish at one over.
HOCKEY: It's currently 1-1 in the Champions Trophy final between Australia and the Netherlands in Melbourne. With little more than 23 minutes to play, the clash is set for a thrilling finish as the Kookaburras chase a fifth successive title.
Tim Jenniskens of the Netherlands celebrates after teammate Sander Baart scored against Austraila. Photo: Getty Images
SOCCER: Some good news for Sydney FC supporters. Frank Farina has kick-started his coaching reign at the Sky Blues with a 2-1 away win over Wellington Phoenix. It was just the third win of the season for the under-seige team. They won without marquee signing Alessandro Del Piero. Defender Sebastian Ryall fired home a 46th minute header to open the scoring and then Rhyan Grant knocked in the second with a right-foot strike on 70 minutes. Jeremy Brockie scored for Phoenix with a 90th minute penalty. Read a full match report HERE.
Winners ... Terry McFlynn of Sydney FC (top) celebrates the goal of Sebastian Ryall with team-mates. Photo: Getty Images
CRICKET: The third Test beween India and England has finished in Kolkota with the visitors putting the finishing touches on the victory on day five. England now leads the series 2-1 with India beaten in back-to-back home Tests for the first time in 13 years. England got to 3-41 in the fourth innings to complete the win. Their first innings of 523 (featuring 190 from Alastair Cook) set up the result. The fourth Test takes place in Nagpur from Thursday.
Tom Watson at the lakes says goodby to the crowd on the 18th after firing a final round 69. Photo: Brendan Esposito
GOLF: Leaderboard on the wind-interrupted final day of the Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney (at 3.45pm AEDT):
-5 Justin Rose (through 1), John Senden (1)
-4 Peter Senior (2)
-3 Stuart Appleby (2), Cameron Percy (2), Kieran Pratt (2)
-2 Kim Felton (9), Matthew Jones (2)
-1 Steven Jones (5), Brett Rumford (14), Kyle Stanley (2)
HOCKEY: The weather is bright and warm in Melbourne today and the countdown is on to the Australia-Netherlands final in the Champions Trophy tournament. AAP reports that Pakistan has won the bronze medal, beating India 3-2 at Melbourne’s State Hockey Centre.
The Pakistanis fought back from a goal down after India’s VR Raghunath netted early. But Muhammad Rizwan Senior equalised midway through the first half, before Pakistan took the lead early in the second with a neat goal to Shafqat Rasool.
Both sides had their chances in a free-flowing match, before Muhammad Ateeq’s drag flick with five minutes left sealed bronze for Pakistan. India netted a consolation goal through Rupinder Pal Singh with the last play of the match.
SOCCER: There are two matches this afternoon to complete week 10 of the A-League season. Bottom-of-the-ladder Sydney FC are playing away to Wellington United. Track live scores and player stats on our A-League match centre. Western Sydney hosts Brisbane Roar at 6pm (AEDT).
GOLF: Play was set to resume at the Australian Open golf this afternoon after fierce winds earlier forced a three-hour suspension. Tournament boss Trevor Herden said the final round would continue just before 3pm (AEDT) after officials had no alternative but to halt proceedings before midday when wind gusts of 80kph knocked down a television tower near the 18th green.
SOCCER: Time to catch up on some overnight action from the world game. Fernando Torres claimed a brace as Chelsea ended a run of seven Premier League games without victory by prevailing 3-1 at Sunderland in their last game before the Club World Cup. The Spaniard had not scored in the league since October 6 but he found the net twice in the mid-week thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League and was in unforgiving mood once again at the Stadium of Light.
Timely double ... Chelsea's Fernando Torres scores against Sunderland. Photo: AP
GOLF: Tournament boss Trevor Herden said he had no alternative but to suspend the final day of the Australian Open today after fierce winds knocked down a television tower near the 18th green.
Herden was hopeful play would resume in the final round at The Lakes when 80 kilometre gusts eased and that the tournament would not require a Monday finish.
Tournament leader John Senden was yet to begin his final round and, barring an unlikely charge from other challengers, is set to begin with a two-stroke advantage over Englishman Justin Rose after play resumed.
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TV scaffolding collapsed next to the 18th hole at The Lakes. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Good afternoon and welcome to our live updates coverage on your sporting Sunday. The final day of the Australian Open golf at The Lakes is one of the featured events, along with hockey's Champions Trophy final in Melbourne as the Kookaburras chase a fifth straight title. They are taking on old foes in The Netherlands.