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Singh finishes strongly

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, October 19, 2015

VIJAY Singh (pictured) set a new course at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course firing a seven under par 65 in the final round of the Fiji International yesterday.

The former number one showed glimpses of his top form carding a bogey free round recording birdies on the 3rd, 5th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th holes.

He eclipsed New Zealander David Smail's record of five under par 67 set last year.

Singh finished the tournament tied for third place with one over par 289. Earlier Singh scored six over par 78 in the first round, three over par 75 in the second round and one under par 71 in the third round.

Singh said he made a few good putts in the final round.

He said there was no wind on about seven holes.

"Actually it came in the other direction which shocked everybody," Singh said.

"That is when I started to hit the ball as I could and not worry about the wind too much.

"That's when you get the results. I played really good and made a few good putts on the 14th and 15th. I got up and down on the 16th to save the par so it was good. I just played very solid and it wasn't a difficult seven under."

Singh said he had never thought of shooting seven under at the start of the day.

"We all go out there and say what could have been," he said.

"At the start of the day I never thought that I could shoot seven under. I thought to get the pars and see what happens but that was a good round. I made the best of the conditions.

"The holes 12, 13, 14 and 15, they were all pretty easy. I got the short irons on hole to score. The pars 5s were easy as well."

Singh praised champion Matt Kuchar for a well-deserved victory. He said the first two rounds made a lot of difference.

"Matt is very steady, that is why he is in the top 20 in the world,"the 52 year old said.

"He played well. The first two days were key rounds in which you had to survive with a decent number. At the weekend the wind died down and you could set the numbers."








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