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Fiji International battles heat up

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, August 17, 2014

THERE is a two way Aussie tie going into the final round of the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course today.

Yesterday, overnight leader Jake Higginbottom managed one under par 71 while Steven Jeffress carded three under par 69 to close day three at eight under par 208.

The duo hold a two shot lead from fellow country mate Andrew Dodt who is at six under par 210.

Jeffress goes into the final round with the advantage having played on the course many times.

He said his putting was back on track.

"I holed a nice one on the tenth from about 45 foot and holed a nice par putt on the 14th from 15 foot across the slope, so it is really good putting just getting the ball in the holes," Jeffress said.

"I have played here a lot and have a bit of local knowledge. I have a mate on the bag, Noks who works here at the club and he has helped me read some greens."

Higginbottom who won the New Zealand Open in 2012 as an amateur said he was excited to be at the top of the leader board going into the final round.

"We always want to be in contention going into the final round," Higginbottom said.

"It will be great if I can get a victory but it is still a long way to go. Around this course anything happens. But a win will open up new doors."

The final round will start at 6.55am. Vijay Singh will tee off at 9.25am with Stephen Dartnall and Michael Wright.

Jeffress, Higginbottom and Dodt will tee off at 10.20am.

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