Ladbrokes Legends Tour professional Tim Elliott hopes a format change for the third staging of the Sheraton South Pacific Golf Classic will play in his favour as he aims for back-to-back championships in New Caledonia.

Tim ElliottWinner in the 72-hole, two-course tournament in 2018, a reduction to 54 holes and three days is a welcome difference for Elliott as he prepares to vie for the lion’s share of the $50,000 purse.

Local Frenchman and former European Tour player Jean-Louis Guepy is expected to be one of Elliott’s top challengers in the field of 36 when players hit the Golf De Deva Bourail course from Monday 16 September.

Having placed third in his last two attempts, Guepy is as determined as ever to win but will have to overcome Australia’s top Legends to do so.

Inaugural Sheraton South Pacific Golf Classic winner Peter Senior features in the field alongside senior professionals Brad Burns, Richard Backwell, Glenn Joyner and Ben Jackson.

“I had a great time at the first tournament in 2017 but unfortunately missed last year so I’m thrilled to be back,” Senior said.

“The course is fantastic, as is the field for this year’s event so I can’t wait to get started.”

Following three days of competition at Sheraton Deva resort, players will move to Dumbea Golf Club for a one-day Ladbrokes Legends Tour event to conclude the trip on 20 September.

Michael Long, a winner at Dumbea Golf Club when it hosted an event for Professionals in the 1990s, will return to the course with fond memories.

The Kiwi will once again face long-time rivals Tim Elliott and England’s Ben Jackson, whom he held off to win in their previous encounter at the course.

The Sheraton South Pacific Golf Classic begins on Monday 16 September at Golf De Deva Bourail.