AUSTRALIAN Matt Ballard improved his performance on the final day of competition to take out the Fiji Open golf title in Suva yesterday.
He carded 69 to finish tied for first place with Tomasi Tuivuna on 278 points but won the play-off.
In the amateur competition Olaf Allen Jr emerged the winner with 283 overall gross points.
Anuresh Chandra was second with 296 points.
Kavitesh Prasad topped the overall nett points with 283 while Nitya Nand Narayan was runner-up with 285.
Allen said the weather was one of the contributing factors to a poor performance that cost him the Fiji Open title.
"Competition was interesting and the overseas players were good and Tomasi was good as well," he said.
"The weather was contributing factor to not performing to the best of my capabilities."
Fiji Golf Club manager Nigel Goundan hailed the tournament as a success and said they were now looking forward to the Starwood Classics that would be played later this month.
"The golfers recorded some good scores despite the bad weather conditions," he said.
"It was a pretty good tournament some of the locals played really well."
The victory secures a spot for Ballard in the Fiji International which would be played in August at the Natadola Beach Championship Golf Course and has a prize pool of US$1 million.