‘Fiji full of memories’
WINNING the Fiji International brought back happy memories for American Brandt Snedeker as he cruised to an emphatic nine-shot victory at the Natadola Bay Golf Course yesterday.
Returning to the Pacific island nation where he honeymooned eight years ago, the US Ryder Cup star carded a fourthround 68 to finish 16 under par at 272 for his first European Tour title.
New Zealander Michael Hendry had an even final round to finish on 281 in second, a shot clear of countryman Brad Shilton and Australians Andrew Evans, Matthew Giles and Anthony Houston.
The win completed an admirable fortnight for the 35-year-old Snedeker after he bagged three points in an unbeaten performance to help the US beat Europe 17-11 to claim the Ryder Cup last week.
“It’s been an unbelievable run. To play the way I have has been really fun,” said Snedeker, adding that with the Ryder Cup and a European tour win under his belt, the next target is a major title.
Snedeker said memories of his honeymoon were a major reason in drawing him back to the islands.
“I realised how special and lovely this place is. I’m excited to be back and I brought my kids along this time so they can see it,” he said. – AFP