Mike Harwood wins the Peaches Fruit Market Senior Masters in a playoff over Richard Backwell.

Mike HarwoodAfter two rounds at the Midlands Golf Club in Ballarat, Harwood and Backwell finished regulation play tied on 9-under the card.

Harwood emerged victorious after sinking a 15ft birdie putt on the second playoff hole.

A stellar field of senior professionals competed in the first Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour event of 2019 including Peter Senior, Peter Fowler, Terry Price and Peter O’Malley.

O’Malley carded a 5-under 67 in the first round to be one shot clear of a trio of players; Harwood, Backwell and Shaquill Mongol of the U.S.A.

Cooler conditions greeted the players on day two which set up expectations for good scoring which soon came to fruition with David Fearns carding a 7-under 65.

Ferns’ round which included nine birdies and two bogeys gave him a two round total of 5-under 139 and the clubhouse lead.

Unfortunately for Fearns, Harwood and Backwell continued their good form and with Peter O’Malley falling a little short on 7-under 137 it went to the 18th for the playoff.

Backwell had his chance the first time missing from 5 feet for the title and he could only watch as Harwood holed the 15 foot putt the second time around.

Harwood praised the condition of the course and the organisation that saw the field complete their rounds in under four and a half hours.

Players move on to Yarrawonga now to contest the Victorian Senior PGA Championship at Black Bull and then the Victorian Senior Open at Yarrawonga Mulwala Resort.