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Fowler tempted by Champions Tour challenge

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WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP)

Much-traveled Peter Fowler of Australia is ready to try his luck on the Champions Tour in the United States.

In 25 years on the European Tour, Fowler only won one event - the BMW International Open in 1993 - and hasn't been in contention in the majors.

However, Fowler is two shots off the lead at the Senior British Open. He's quickly gained ground in three years on the senior tour, winning two tournaments this year along with three top-three finishes.

The 52-year-old Fowler says he likes his chances in the United States, possibly starting next season.

''Having played all around the world, I'd love to play there and actually experience American golf on a longer-term basis,'' Fowler said Friday after shooting a 68. ''I've traveled to Asia a lot and I've lived in England. I know how the rest of the world works. I don't really know how America works.

''But it would be great experience to play with players like Tom Watson on a regular basis. It would be a lovely opportunity.''

If he keeps his place at the top of the European Order of Merit standings, Fowler would be exempt from qualifying and would go straight to the school finals, which take place at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona from Nov. 14-20. After four rounds, Fowler would have to finish in the top five to make the Champions Tour.

Fowler's resurgence after a modest career is all the more remarkable considering he had surgery on his back and hip in 2009.

''My body's feeling much better than it has for a while. I've done a lot of rehab - and I'm still doing it - and the body feels good,'' Fowler said. ''I think it's helping my golf swing because I've got to pay special attention to make sure that my body doesn't move around too much. I've played pretty good since November last year.''

Fowler, who partnered Wayne Grady to a World Cup win for Australia in 1989, has his sights on a first major title after his strong start at Walton Heath.

''I've just got to maintain what I'm doing,'' he said. ''I feel comfortable, so just more of the same.''

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