Taylor takes Legends Tour win in windy Yeppoon - PGA of Australia

Taylor takes Legends Tour win in windy Yeppoon

Hervey Bay Professional Chris Taylor produced two clutch shots when they mattered most to claim the two-day JRT Yeppoon Legends Pro-Am at Yeppoon Golf Club near Rockhampton.

Trailing Brad Burns by four heading into Round 2, Taylor holed a bunker shot for birdie at the par-4 18th to close out his front nine and then holed a putt from off the back edge of the ninth green – his final hole – for a one-stroke win.

With a round of 3-under 68, Taylor was the only player to break 70 on day two, his 4-under total enough to edge Burns (73) by one with David McKenzie (71) outright third at 1-under par.


Strong winds whipping along the Capricorn Coast made conditions challenging for all players in Round 2.

On the back of a 5-under 66 on day one, Burns began his second round from the second tee but after a birdie on six made a double-bogey on seven.

Birdies at 12, 14 and 16 had Burns in prime position to go wire-to-wire only for a bogey, double-bogey finish to open the door for Taylor.

After an early dropped shot at 11, Taylor’s birdie from the bunker saw him make the turn in 1-under, birdies at five and six keeping him within reach of Burns.

A bogey at the par-3 eighth was untimely but not fatal to his chances, his lengthy birdie putt on the final hole enough to clinch victory.


“I finished par, bogey, birdie so it was a lucky win in the end,” said Taylor.

“Holed it from off the back of the green there and unfortunately Brad finished bad so take the wins as you can I suppose.

“It was very, very tough out there today. I don’t know how many people broke par today, but I probably think it wouldn’t even be a handful.

“I’m extremely happy with the way I played. Struck the ball nicely and shot 3-under in very windy conditions. Very happy.”

1          Chris Taylor                  70-68—138
2          Brad Burns                   66-73—139
3          David McKenzie           70-71—141
4          Euan Walters                69-73—142
5          Andre Stolz                  70-74—144
T6        Adam Henwood          72-73—145
T6        Brendan Chant             68-77—145


The PGA Legends Tour continues to move south down the Queensland Coast with the Bargara Legends Pro-Am starting Monday at Bargara Golf Club.

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