FIJI IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

The Fiji In­ter­na­tional has cer­tainly made its mark in the four years it has been run­ning.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS - WORDS BY NZGM

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.

Ben Camp­bell.

Josh Geary.

Gareth Pad­di­son.

Michael Long.

Kieran Muir.

Harry Bate­man.

Dan Pearce.

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