1st for Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional

‘I am re­ally ex­cited to have qual­i­fied for the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional’

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New Zealand pro­fes­sional golfer Gareth Pad­di­son is the first player to book his ticket for the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional in Au­gust. Win­ning the Fi­jian Open last month, Pad­di­son earned a start in the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment, be­com­ing the first player con­firmed for the 2016 tour­na­ment.

“I am re­ally ex­cited to have qual­i­fied for the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional,”Pad­di­son said.

“I love vis­it­ing Fiji, to have won the Fiji Open is an hon­our and con­firm­ing my place in the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional is just ic­ing on the top of a suc­cess­ful week.” Turn­ing pro­fes­sional in 2001, Pad­di­son has es­tab­lished a thriv­ing golf ca­reer all over the world and is one of New Zealand’s most loved golfers. After al­ready win­ning sev­eral ma­jor in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur tour­na­ments, it took Pad­di­son just one year to record his first pro­fes­sional vic­tory. Break­ing through at the 2002 Scenic Choice Ho­tels Golf Clas­sic, Pad­di­son has gone on to win a fur­ther four tour­na­ments on his home tour, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia. Dur­ing his ca­reer Pad­di­son has also com­peted on the Euro­pean Tour and won in France on the Euro­pean Chal­lenge Tour. Com­ing into the Fi­jian Open, where he won with a tour­na­ment to­tal 23-un­der the card, Pad­di­son has been in good form. Al­ready this year he has recorded two top-20 fin­ishes. How­ever he hopes to build on this com­ing into the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional, one of the big­gest tour­na­ments he will com­pete in all year.

“The Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional is a ma­jor tour­na­ment with a lot of prize-money on of­fer. So I am work­ing hard on my game to make sure it is ready to take on the de­mands of Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course,” added Pad­di­son. “My last win on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia was in 2014, so I would love to add another vic­tory to my re­sume.”

This will be Pad­di­son’s third time com­pet­ing in the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional and he is hop­ing his course knowl­edge will hold him in bet­ter stead this year. “The Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course is one of the most beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing cour­ses we play on all year,” Pad­di­son said. “Hav­ing al­ready played it in tour­na­ment con­di­tion twice now I think I am start­ing to bet­ter un­der­stand the game plan I need to be suc­cess­ful at the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional. “There is a real premium on hit­ting the fair­ways and with the course be­ing right on the Coral Coast and ex­posed to the el­e­ments, it’s im­por­tant to also be a good wind player.” With the tour­na­ment now be­ing co-sanc­tioned by the Euro­pean Tour, Pad­di­son is look­ing for­ward to the new feel this will give the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional.

“I have loved play­ing in the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional the past two years and can’t wait to get back there this year,” Pad­di­son said. “I was ex­cited when I heard the Euro­pean Tour would be co-sanc­tion­ing the tour­na­ment. Hav­ing all the Euro­pean play­ers com­pet­ing is sure to strengthen the field.”

The Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional will be played at Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course on Oc­to­ber 6-9. Tick­ets will be on sale shortly. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please visit fi­ji­in­ter­na­tional.

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The Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course is one of the most beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing cour­ses we play on all year. Hav­ing al­ready played it in tour­na­ment con­di­tion twice now I think I am start­ing to bet­ter un­der­stand the game plan I need to be suc­cess­ful at the Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional.

Gareth Pad­di­son

New Zealand pro­fes­sional golfer

Photo: Fi­jian In­ter­na­tional

New Zealand pro­fes­sional golfer Gareth Pad­di­son.

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