Brad Burns has claimed back-to-back Vuksich & Borich Fiji Legends Golf Classic titles after prevailing in a playoff over Glenn Joyner at Denarau Golf & Racquet Club.
Burns got off to a slow start in the opening round played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, home of the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways but was able to rally when the tournament shifted to Denarau.
A second round 66 followed by an even-par third round saw him finish 56 holes at 4-under the card.
Glenn Joyner birdied three of the last seven holes to finish the third round with 3-under 69, 4-under the card for the tournament along with Burns.
All eyes were on the par-5 18th with just the leading group of Martin Pettigrew and Richard Backwell left on course.
Backwell found trouble and recorded a double-bogey when a par would have tied the lead and Pettigrew could only make par to fall one short.
Joyner and Burns headed to the 18th tee for the playoff and Joyner fell agonisingly short of victory on the first hole when his birdie putt stopped half a roll short.
Back to the 18th tee and Burns hit a 2-iron over the water to 20-feet to set up an eagle putt, but when Joyner’s birdie attempt from distance went well past, Burns lagged to 18 inches and although a brave putt was made for par by Joyner, Burns took out the title with a birdie.
The Ladbrokes Legends Tour now moves onto Samoa where both Joyner and Burns will compete once again.
Joyner’s second place finish has moved him into top position on the Ladbrokes Legends Tour Order of Merit.
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