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Pearce clings on to win Queensland PGA

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/03/2017

Despite letting an eight-shot lead slip, New Zealand's Daniel Pearce has done enough to beat Matthew Millar in a three-hole play-off to claim the Queensland PGA Championship.

After opening with a birdie, Pearce's final round came unstuck with consecutive bogeys on holes five to eight, leaving the door ajar for the chasing field in Toowoomba.

A bogey on the 18th saw him finish 19-under par and tied with fast-finishing Australian Matthew Millar, forcing just the second play-off of Pearce's career.

It took the Ashburton professional three extra holes to emerge victorious after he made par and Millar bogeyed the par-four 18th hole at City Golf Club.

Victory gives Pearce exemption on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of the season and next year.

It's security he's happy to have for the first time in his career.

"I haven't been exempt going in to a year before so it really helps. Winning is winning, it's awesome for the confidence," he said.

"Hopefully I can build on this and have a really good year and jump on to a main tour somewhere."

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