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Australians to chage tournament finish rules

Australasian golf officials have said they plan to introduce new rules to prevent a repeat of the controversial tied finish at last weekend's Australian PGA.

Peter Lonard and Jarrod Moseley were declared joint winners of the tournament after officials decided not to continue with a sudden-death playoff as darkness began to fall on the Coolum course.

Tour chairman Wayne Grady said the current rules had prevented tournament organisers from returning to finish the playoff on Monday morning.

"All commercial considerations were taken into account and the only options were to go back to the 18th tee or call it a tie," Grady said.

Lonard and Moseley said they were satisfied the correct decision had been made but several players, including Australia's former world number one Greg Norman, slammed the unusual move, saying the players should have continued the playoff the next morning.

Grady said tour officials were now looking at changing the existing regulations to ensure a single winner was found.

"We will do everything to endeavour to find a winner," Grady said


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