Lonard triumphs at weather-interrupted Aus PGA Legends Championship

Peter Lonard has stormed home to take out the Australian PGA Legends at Byron Bay Golf Club.

Lonard, a decorated ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia champion, added to his over-crowded trophy cabinet with a thrilling one-shot victory.

Two lengthy weather delays disrupted the final round with the final group finishing just ahead of the fading light.

After sharing the overnight lead, 52-year-old Lonard prevailed in the stormy conditions with a final round of even par 72 for a tournament total of 5 under par.

“It was strange day as I thought a low score would be needed to get the job done,” Lonard said.

“The course was in absolutely fantastic condition and the layout is one of the best we have played on all year.”

Lonard started his round with a double bogey on the second and birdies on the sixth and ninth holes.

It was a mixed bag on the back nine with three consecutive from the 14th to 16th, which was flanked by three bogeys.

Finishing in second was overnight joint leader and 2019 PGA Legends Order of Merit winner Brad Burns who fired a 1-over par 73 for a total of 140 – one shot from the lead.

Burns had nine straight pars on the front nine however a bogey on the 11th hole and double bogey on the par-5 13th saw him fall one shot short.

“It was tough out there today and I hung in there on the front nine however the 13th hole ended my chances with a double bogey,” Burns said.

“The course is absolutely fantastic and to Shaun Cross the superintendent a job very well done.”

Australian great Peter Senior finished three shots behind Burns in third position at 1-under par, with a final round of 71.

With this being the final event on the 2019 Ladbrokes PGA Legends calendar, the players will earn a well-earned rest now and recharge for the 2020 Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour season.

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