Kiwi Hendry defends NZ PGA title in playoff

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Last updated 19:35 03/03/2013
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BACK TO BACK WINS: Defending champion Michael Hendry has claimed his second NZ PGA Championship in a row with victory in a playoff.

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Michael Hendry has defended his NZPGA crown, defeating Australian Scott Strange in a playoff at The Hills in Queenstown.

Both men were tied at -19 after 72 holes but it was Hendry who produced a brilliant approach and holed a birdie from 10 feet for the win.

He becomes the first person to defend the title since Frank Nobilo in 1987.

Headed for the World Golf Championships' Caddilac Championship in Miami - where he'll take on the world's best 50 players - it's a timely boost for the New Zealand number one.

Hendry birdied his first three holes of the day on his way to a five-under par 67 and adds his name to Nobilo and Sir Bob Charles as a back-to-back winner..

“It’s pretty awesome if people are going to put my name in with those guys, fantastic,” Hendry said.

“I want to be regarded as one of New Zealand’s best when I hang up the boots. Hopefully, I’m on the way to doing it.

“It’s awesome. To retain the trophy is great. You kind of come in to the week thinking ‘it’s my trophy and I don’t want to give it to anyone else.’

“I played that clinical round of golf I’ve been wanting all week.”

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