The Fiji International has certainly made its mark in the four years it has been running.
This tournament is growing in stature every year, course changes also proving popular.
With Fiji's own Vijay Singh returning home to play each year along with other well-known players making appearances each year this is a tournament that should be on everyone's radar to go to
When the tournament finished in 2016 the following week some redesign work was started and completed in time for this year's event.
As well as changes to several holes the numbering of the holes has also been changed. All of the changes were well received by the players with Dan Pearce telling us that he hadn't really enjoyed the course in previous years but it was now much more enjoyable.
That showed with Dan being in the hunt for the win until the final day.
The eventual winner, Jason Norris from South Australia showed what determination can do. Prior to the tournament the 44 year-old had been on the verge of quitting playing tournament golf. Adding to that Norris admitted to suffering the yips and until the final day had
Ben Campbell started well, being T2 after the first day but from then on his putting let him down. He told NZGM that he had been reaching the green in regulation but just couldn’t sink his putts.
been using three different grips each day. On the final day it all came together and he was able to stick to a back hand grip all day.
Daniel Pearce was the top finishing Kiwi. Ending the tournament T5 Dan was frustrated with his final score after leading at the end of Day 1.
Ben Campbell started well, being T2 after the first day but from then on his putting let him down. He told NZGM that he had been reaching the green in regulation but just couldn't sink his putts.
This year the tri-sanctioned tournament had 12 Kiwis start in the 132 strong field and nine of them, Daniel Pearce, Gareth Paddison, Mark Brown, Josh Geary, Harry Bateman, Michael Long, Ryan Fox, Ben Campbell and Kieran Muir made the cut. Michael Hendry who finished 2nd in 2016 didn't see the weekend this year along with Brad Shilton and David Smail.
Ryan Fox & Mark Brown.