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Team New England’s Billy Andrade teamed up with Champions Tour player Joe Durant to take the Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, Champions Division, last Sunday. The win was worth $230,000 per man.

Durant and Andrade finished at 19-under 159 in the 54-hole event, opening Thursday with a better-ball 63 on Buffalo Ridge‘s regulation Springs course and shooting a 51 on Saturday in high wind on the par-3 course that included a hole in one by  Durant. The win was worth $230,000 each. The team of Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam were three shots back at -16/162.

“It was an unbelievable week,” Andrade said. “We ham and egged it very, very nicely and Joe hit some beautiful shots today. The hole-in-one was fantastic. I can’t be more excited to be in a situation to win out here because this is what we want to do. This is our goal, to try to get in the winner’s circle, and to do it like this and do it with Joe has been such a treat for me.” It was the first win for both Andrade and Durant since joining the Champions Tour.

The Legends of Golf format is a different kind of event and the Champions Tour players love it. “It’s always fun to play a different format like we do in the Legends, but then we get to play the par-3 course, which is a fantastic golf course,” said Corey Pavin.

The Legends is the only PGA TOUR sanctioned tournament ever on a par-3 layout.

The Champions Division, (won by Andrade/Durant), is a 54-hole, two-man better-ball competition with a new, modified alternate shot format this year. Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson won the Legends Division (65-years and older). The LD is a 45-hole two-man better-ball and also offers the modified format. The Legends field and includes many of golf’s icons including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Jim Thorpe and Jim Colbert to name a few.