Tim Stewart has saved his best for last to take out the 2018 Tahiti International Open, Stewart’s final round of 5-under 65 would see him secure a two-shot victory from overnight leader James Anstiss.
To top off the brilliant final round, he will take home the largest winner’s check on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series of $25,000.
Heading into the final round two shots behind, the leaders started on the back-9. It didn’t phase Stewart who started with two birdies in his first three hole.
His first nine holes were flawless with four birdies and no bogeys and he joined Anstiss at 7-under by the turn.
On the 7th hole Stewart took control of the tournament with a birdie on the same hole that had cost him a double bogey the day before.
The win also catapults Stewart to top spot on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series Order of Merit.
“I played really well this week. Yesterday I finished poorly but managed to regroup to start well today with birdies on the 10th and 12th. I kept my momentum going with a good save on the 15th and then backed that up with birdies on the 16th and 17th," said Stewart.
“I travel up to the Philippines on Wednesday to play so it gives me great confidence winning this week.”
Anstiss was Stewart’s main danger during the final round and the New Zealander still had a chance on the final hole. Needing birdie, he flew the green and would unfortunately finish with a bogey.
Last year's runner-up Michael Wright finished third at 4-under 276.
Rounding out the top-5 was 36-hole leader Blake Proverbs at 3-under 217 and local hope Vaita Guillaume at 2-under 218.
Backing up his 2017 amateur title was New Caledonian Morgan Dufour with 8-over 288.
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