Wilson and Burns triumphant in Samoa

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Samoa Open Champion - Peter Wilson

Samoa Open Champion - Peter Wilson

Peter Wilson has defended his title and taken out the 2017 Invest Samoa Open.

Wilson who shot a final round 72 held off Andrew Campbell whos 67 final round left him 1 short on 10 under par.

Wilson said the windy conditions after heavy rains the night before mad the course play harder and he got off to a rough start, but a birdie out of the trees on 11 and another at 13 settled him.

After Pieter Zwart of New Zealand who at the time was his closet rival came up short in the water at 16 Wilson played the last two holes smart with pars to take out the title once more.

Wilson has been working with Matt Bolton teaching professional at Rosebud Country Club and as a result he feels his game is the most consistent it has ever been.

Brad Burns fired a final round 2 under par 70 to catch overnight leader Stephen Aisbett who birdied 18 for 71 and a 54 hole total of 10 under par and force a playoff.

Burns who started slow with 3 putts on both the second and third holes turned his day around with an Eagle at the par 5 eighth and with birdies at 11 and 14 he caught Aisbett.

Aisbetts bogy at 15 gave Burns the lead but a great birdie on 18 saw the two Australians go into extra time down the first hole.

Both drives were a little left but after Aisbetts approach to 10 feet Burns pitched perfectly to a foot setting up a certain birdie. Aisbetts put pulled up 1 inch short of the hole bang on line leaving Burns to tap in and take out the Invest Samoa Senior Open.

Burns said he has had a wonderful time in Samoa and is looking forward to celebrating tonight.

The Taula National Championships was played in conjunction with the open and Pulou Faaaliga took out the title with a 2 over par 54 hole total beating a trio of players Timoteo Samau, Robert Faaaliga and Van Wright who were 5 shots behind.

Tournament officials Peter Welden and Andy Rogers from the Australian PGA praised the work of all the staff at Faleata Golf Course along with SGI officials for both the condition of the course and the organisation of the event.

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