Hart finished eight shots clear of 2014 Fiji International champion Steven Jeffress, while Fiji’s very own Sam Lee finished in outright third, after closing with a seven under par 65, including a hole-in-one at the par 3 seventh.
After dominating on the PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing in 2015, where he won 7 events and amassed an amazing 24 top 10 finishes, Hart has continued to shine on the Australian circuit throughout the start of 2016.
Hart finished runner up at the recent Qld PGA Championship after losing in a play-off to David Klein, though for most part of the back nine on that final day, he flirted with carding the magical 59, in fact he needed a par at the last at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba for a world record equalling tournament round of 58. A triple bogey there however saw him finish with 61 but it highlighted Hart’s talent.
“My form has been really good so far this year,” said the long hitting Hart. “I have been close on several occasions to secure wins, but haven’t quite closed it out, so it’s pretty satisfying to get a win here this week especially around such a demanding course.”
Interestingly Hart came into the event with a unique game plan, especially given the advantage his driving length gives him. Knowing that position off the tees was paramount to playing well, Hart decided to leave the driver in the bag for the entire 54hole tournament.“To be honest, I never thought I would go through a tournament week without using a driver, and although a first for me in competitive play, I really should look back on this week and learn from my approach towards the Natadola course.”
After almost four weeks on the road, many of the professionals will enjoy a few weeks off before heading north for the Qantas Golf Club Cairns Classic. The event will once again return to Paradise Palms, where it was last played in 2007.
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