FORMER world number one Vijay Singh returns next Tuesday after more than five years to spice up the inaugural Fiji International which starts at the Natadola Bay Championship on August 14.
Singh will feature along Japan-based Dinesh Chand and Korean-born Fiji elite squad member Sam Lee who secured his spot via the local qualifying rounds last weekend
Nicknamed "The Big Fijian," Singh said he was looking forward to competing in front of his friends and family.
"I haven't been back in five or six years and it will be a nice return," he said.
"I'm hoping the Fiji International will be a big success in the country and we can go on and make it a bigger and better event in the future. Hopefully everyone will support it."
Golfers from 16 countries will converge at Natadola next week with organisers extremely pleased with the calibre of players competing in the inaugural tournament.
Countries to be represented in the tournament field include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Fiji, India, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, United States of America and Zimbabwe.
PGA of Australia CEO Brian Thorburn said such a broad representation would ensure the tournament attracted international media attention showcasing Fiji's spectacular scenery, culture and people to the world.
Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia, the Fiji International will be Fiji's first ever international broadcast golf tournament with official world golf ranking points on offer to those in the field.
Throughout the tournament television partners, the Fiji International will be broadcast to a worldwide audience across more than 30 countries in over 400 million homes. Never before has Fiji gained such exposure through a single sporting event.
The Fiji International is offering a prize pool of more than $1.8m.
Tickets are now on sale through selected Total Service Stations and RC Manubhai stores.
Total Service Stations selling tickets include: Total Tavua, Total Ba, Total Lautoka, Total Navutu, Total Namaka, Total Corner Pt, Total Town end (Nadi), Total Sigatoka. Suva areas: Total Lami, Total Hibiscus, Total Flagstaff, Total Laucala, Total Makoi and Total Nausori.
Children 16 years and under accompanied by adults get free admission.