Fiji International - Round 3 State of Play Live
Saturday 16th August, 2.00pm
It’s been another eventful day here at Natadola with two players standing tall at the end of Round 3.
Steven Jeffress and Jake Higginbottom will both lead the Fiji International into the final round tomorrow, the duo finishing today all square at 8-under par.
They lead by two over Andrew Dodt at 6-under par while Brad Kennedy finished at 5-under par.
Seven players are within four shots of the tournament lead, New Zealander David Smail’s course record today proving that a low round is still possible in the intensifying wind.
Click here to view the final Round 3 leaderboard.
It all sets up for an intriguing final day at Natadola tomorrow with the jury still out as to what name will be etched into the trophy in the tournament’s inaugural year.
Saturday 16th August, 1.40pm
WOW! Jake Higginbottom has knocked in a long eagle putt on 17 to re-gain a share of the Fiji International lead.
In the same group, after missing for eagle, Andrew Dodt has tapped in for birdie to get to 6-under par, in second position two back from Jeffress and his playing partner Higginbottom.
It’s a thrilling close to the third round here at Natadola.
Saturday 16th August, 1.30pm
For the second consecutive day Steven Jeffress has just birdied the 17th hole and now has a two shot lead at the Fiji International
It’s been a bogey free back nine for Jeffress as he’s managed himself impeccably around Natadola in the wind.
Higginbottom remains in outright second two back from Jeffress.
Saturday 16th August, 1.20pm
Plenty still happening here at Natadola as Round 3 draws to a close.
Steven Jeffress continues to lead at 7-under par, however overnight leader Jake Higginbottom has pulled back to within one with two holes to play.
Higginbottom made a timely birdie on the par-4 16th to get to within one of Jeffress, the Novocastrian all smiles after making the tough putt.
Brad Kennedy and Andrew Dodt share third position at 5-under par, Kennedy recovering from his bogey on 16 with a birdie on 17.
Korea’s In Hoi Hur has also thrown his
name into the mix finishing birdie-birdie on 17 and 18 to finish Round 3 in
outright 5th at 4-under.
Saturday 16th August, 12.55pm
Steven Jeffress has nailed a long birdie putt on the 15th hole to take a two shot lead at the Fiji International.
Starting the day two shots adrift of overnight leader Higginbottom, Jeffress now finds himself in a commanding position as the wind continues to whip around Natadola Bay.
Jeffress says he’s played this course more than 30 times in his career, experience clearly paying off as conditions intensify.
Two players in Andrew Dodt and Jake Higginbottom are tied for second place at 5-under par while Brad Kennedy has dropped back to 4-under par in third position after a bogey on 16.
Western Australia’s Michael Sim continues to contend and sits at 3-under par alongside Cameron Smith.
Saturday 16th August, 12.10pm
We have a new leader at the Fiji International!
Queensland Professional Steven Jeffress has taken the outright lead at 6-under par as Jake Higginbottom has found trouble on the back nine.
Higginbottom carded a double bogey on the par-4 9th hole before also bogeying the 10th.
He sits at 5-under par in a tie for second alongside Brad Kennedy.
Meanwhile Jeffress birdied 9 to get to 6-under par and still has six holes to play on Saturday.
Jeffress, a journeyman of Australian golf, is a regular on the PGA Tour of Australasia however is still seeking his first Tour victory.
Could this be the week?
Saturday 16th August, 11.50am
nice to know the Fiji International is helping to inspire the next generation
of Vijay Singhs!
Saturday 16th August, 11.45am
New Zealand Professional David Smail has set a new course record today at Natadola Bay shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday.
Smail, who now sits at 2-under par in T8 on the overall leaderboard, was over the moon with his round given a tough start.
“It’s quite amazing,” said Smail who's round included an eagle on the par-5 6th hole.
“I just tried to tell myself to do the best I can and don’t think about a score. I putted pretty badly the first day and got ahead of myself trying to force things to happen and today I was just trying to get the speed right and they all went in.”
“Hopefully I can play well again... but it’s really tricky out here. You just have to do the best you can.”
Saturday 16th August, 11.15am
Hometown hero Vijay Singh is in the clubhouse after posting his best round of the tournament so far
Singh fired a 2-under 70 on Saturday putting aside his back injury woes that hampered his game yesterday.
Despite teeing off in the early morning rain and opening with consecutive bogeys, Singh bounced back quickly and finished Saturday at 1-over par, currently sitting inside the top 20.
Singh said he was happy with his improved performance and is looking forward to Sunday’s final round.
“I had a really rough start in the rain and bogeyed the first two holes but the birdie on three settled it down,” said Singh after his round.
“Hopefully tomorrow I can let it go a little more and see what happens.”
Saturday 16th August, 11.00am
Cullen, a former winner on both the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia tours, bounced back from a bogey on the 2nd hole this morning with four birdies before the turn, and is now three back from Higginbottom’s lead.
Also in second at 5-under, Queensland resident Brad Kennedy is the second highest world ranked player in this week’s field, behind Vijay Singh.
Kennedy is 2-under today and bogey free, the former PGA Tour of Australasia and Japan Tour winner a certain threat to the title over the weekend.
Saturday 16th August, 10.25am
Even the Pros have their bad holes....just ask Cameron Smith after his experience on the 5th.
A strong par-5, the hole demands an accurate and aggressive shot off the tee which can potentially be rewarding or traumatic.
Unfortunately for Smith it was the latter in Round 3.
After finding the scrub to the left of the fairway off the tee, Smith eventually finished the hole with a two-putt triple bogey 8.
The score sent Smith back down the leaderboard to 1-under par, the young Pro now sitting four shots adrift of where he started Saturday's round.
The result will be a solid test for Smith in the coming holes.
Saturday 16th August, 10.00am
Jake Higginbottom has bounced back from his opening bogey on the 1st with a birdie on the 4th.
He’s now re-established his 2-shot lead over the field with Steven Jeffress next best at 5-under par.
China’s Liang Wenchong is another making waves on the leaderboard which is no surprise given his resume.
Needing little introduction in world golf, Liang was the first Chinese player to reach the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings and is regarded as his country’s most successful golfer.
The holder of many international records and titles, Liang was the first ever Chinese player to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2007 and the following year became the first Chinese golfer to make the cut at a Major tournament.
OneAsia’s most prolific winner, Liang’s previous OneAsia victories include the 2009 Midea China Classic, the 2010 Chengdu Open, the 2010 Thailand Open and the 2012 Nanshan China Masters.
He’s 2-under today and looking dangerous.
Watch this space....
Saturday 16th August, 9.28am
It’s moving day at the Fiji International and Terry Pilkadaris is certainly charging up the leaderboard.
He is 5-under after nine holes for a tournament total of 3-under the card. This has moved him into the top-10 on the leaderboard.
Pilkadaris has been in excellent form on the European Challenge Tour and that seems to have travelled with him to Fiji.
The leaders are now on course and nerves are showing through for Jake Higginbottom.
An opening bogey from him and a birdie from Steven Jeffress has seen his two shot lead disappear. The pair are now T1 on 6-under the card.
It’s an exciting day on course with plenty of birdies being made!
Saturday 16th August, 8.55am
Here are the final groups for Round 3 of the Fiji International....
All players are now out on course here at Natadola so keep an eye on the live scores page for hole by hole results.
Saturday 16th August, 8.50am
Before the Round 3 action gets underway, why not catch up on yesterday’s play?
Also, check out the latest stunning photos from Natadola in our Round 2 Photo Gallery.
Saturday 16th August, 8.40am
For those following back in Australia, live coverage of the Fiji International will get underway on FOXSPORTS 3 from 9.00am and will continue throughout the day until 2pm AEST.
Join our commentators Brendon Julian, Jack Newton, Brett Ogle and Grant Dodd for all the action live from Natadola Bay.
If you���re not in Aus, the Fiji International is being broadcast live and on delay to more than 30 countries so please check your local guides.
Saturday 16th August, 8.30am
Bula and welcome back to Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course for Round 3 of the Fiji International.
Play got underway early this morning with our leaders set to tee off at 10.45am local time (8.45am AEST).
Different weather conditions have greeted the players this morning with lower temperatures and intermittent rain expected throughout today.
Wind will also continue to factor on the coastal course.