Fiji International - Round 4 State of Play Live
Sunday 17th August, 2.15pm
Sunday 17th August, 1.45pm
Queenslander Steven Jeffress has taken out the inaugural Fiji International with a birdie on the 18th hole securing a four shot win.
Taking home the biggest pay cheque of his career, Jeffress was lost for words as he walked up the 18th green, the win meaning a lot to the 38-year old who’s played on Tour for more than 15 years.
A model of consistency, Jeffress was the only player in the field to score under par on every day of the tournament.
He birdied three of his final four holes to seal the title, 20-year-old Jake Higginbottom falling away on Sunday to finish second.
Sunday 17th August, 1.15pm
With a final round of 1-under 71 Terry Pilkadaris has jumped up into a share of third position at 2-under par.
A regular on the PGA Tour of Australasia, a third place finish today will earn Pilks a $70,000 pay day, jumping him into the top 3 on the Tour’s Order of Merit.
Steve Jeffress is still in the outright lead by two with two holes to play.
Should he win here today, it will be his biggest pay day of his career, the first place prize a cool $180,000.
Sunday 17th August, 12.45pm
It’s all happening on the 15th!
After hitting into the scrub off the tee and leading a search party looking for his ball for five mins, Jake Higginbottom has chipped in from off the back of the green to salvage the hole.
Whilst still a bogey, it could have been anything for Jake who’s lucky to still be sitting at 6-under par.
Meanwhile Steve Jeffress birdied 16 and now has a two shot buffer with three holes to play.
Still, it’s a brave man to say it’s all over, with the 16th proving one of the toughest holes on the course over the week.
Sunday 17th August, 12.30pm
Vijay Singh has just completed his final round of the Fiji International, parring the final hole of the tournament to finish at T10 at 2-over par.
There was a nice crowd waiting for the hometown hero on 18, Vijay endearing himself to a new generation of fans over the course of the week.
“It’s nice to have them all come out,” said Vijay after his round before heading off to sign autographs.
“Hopefully we can start to build Fijian golf again and get more Fijians playing golf.”
Vijay heads back to the US tonight to contest the FedExCup playoff series.
Sunday 17th August, 12.20pm
Sunday 17th August, 12.10pmPresidents Cup Captain Nick Price had some wonderful things to say about the Fiji International and Natadola earlier today.
His chat with Grant Dodd is well worth a watch.
Sunday 17th August, 12.00pm
With only five players now under par for the tournament, and five under par for the day it’s been a tough day at Natadola.
Higginbottom has maintained a one shot lead over Jeffress, a nice par save on the 12th keeping the 20-year-old at 8-under par.
As wind gusts intensify throughout the afternoon, it’s becoming a strong test of will for those still on course.
Korea’s Hur In-hoi has moved into a tie for third position alongside Andrew Dodt at 3-under par, while Terry Pilkadaris is a further two shots back at 1-under par.
West Australia’s Michael Sim is set for his best finish in
recent seasons, currently in 6th position.
Sunday 17th August, 11.30am
With every hole that passes, it’s looking more like a two-horse race here at Natadola.
Through 10 holes Jake Higginbottom continues to lead at 8-under par with Steven Jeffress is a shot back at 7-under.Yesterday, both Higginbottom and Jeffress scored three-under for their back nine but with the winds strengthening, the focus will likely be on minimising mistakes and avoiding the thick scrub off the tees
With a double bogey on the 10th Andrew Dodt has fallen back to three under par but remains in outright third.
Sunday 17th August, 11.00am
Before they teed off today, our leaders took some time to chat with commentator Grant Dodd.
See what they had to say below.
Sunday 17th August, 10.55am
Sunday 17th August, 10.45am
We couldn’t resist posting a few photos from people out and about on site at Natadola.
Warning: Those prone to jealousy need not view!
Sunday 17th August, 10.25am
Approaching the halfway point of their final round, Steven Jeffress and Jake Higginbottom remain deadlocked at 7-under par at the Fiji International.
With consecutive birdies on the 6th and 7th holes, Andrew Dodt is closing the gap and now sits one back at 6-under par.
There’s then a three shot buffer to Terry Pilkadaris who has again gone low on the front nine.
Pilks is 2-under through 8 holes at 3-under par total.
The question is, is he too far back to contend for the title?
If he can round up a few more birdies and post a low
clubhouse lead, anything could still be possible.
Sunday 17th August, 9.50am
Four holes in to their final round, Steven Jeffress holds a one shot lead over Jake Higginbottom.
Jeffress, a journeyman of the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series, has won more than 30 pro-am events throughout his career but is yet to breakthrough on his home Tour.
Having played in Fiji many times throughout his career, Jeffress has two things working to his advantage today.
One, he’s played this course more than 30 times and two, he loves playing in the wind.
Jeffress grew up in the NSW coastal town of Port Macquarie and says he learned to play in the wind at an early age.
Today, he hopes it blows this afternoon.
With winds at Natadola expected to strengthen from the south east today, he may just get his wish!
Sunday 17th August, 9.40am
It's been amazing to have three-time Major Champion Nick Price here at Natadola this week.
He's given so much time to other players, sponsors and the commentators.
It's no wonder he's regarded as one of the nicest guys in world golf.
Sunday 17th August, 9.35am
You might be wondering as to why you’ve seen a few players using carts during the Fiji International.
Rules officials have created a 'local rule' for this week which allows players to use carts on some areas of the course.
decision was made by PGA Tour of Australasia Rules Officials due to the great
distances between some of the specific holes.
Motorised transportation is allowed on 6,7,8,9 and a cart drop off area between holes 9 and 10; as well as between the 11th green and 12th tee.
In short, it’s a means the round times are manageable and the tournament can keep to schedule.
Sunday 17th August, 9.00am
The leaders are now underway in the final round with Steve Jeffress handing the early lead back to 20-year-old Jake Higginbottom on the very first hole
Jeffress bogeyed the 1st for the first time this week - an early sign of nerves, perhaps?
Higginbottom would have been happy to have started with a par after bogeying the 1st yesterday, however unfortunately his one stroke lead was short lived, the Novocastrian bogeying the second hole.
We're now back to co-leaders at 7-under par.
That said, it's also been a tough start for the chasing pack, Andrew Dodt already 2-over for the day with consecutive opening bogeys.
Could the door be opening from someone back in the pack to make a move?
Sunday 17th August, 8.50am
If you're following the final round action from Australia, live coverage is about to get underway on FOXSPORTS 3 and is set to conclude at around 2pm AEST.
For our international fans, coverage is live and delayed into more than 30 countries so please check your local guides.
Sunday 17th August, 8.45am
While scoring has been generally tough at Natadola this week, a number of holes have posed a particular challenge.
One such hole, the 387m par-4 9th hole has played the hardest this week, with a scoring average of 4.428.
Of the leaders, Steven Jeffress has parred this hole each day this week, while Higginbottom has had each a par, birdie and eagle over the course of the week, taking a more aggressive approach.
The hole is a long dogleg right with a creek running across the fairway in front of the green, posing numerous potential obstacles.
One of many ‘risk and reward’ hole, it demands an accurate approach shot.
However with the wind always an unknown commodity, players
are warned to choose their club wisely.
Sunday 17th August, 8.25am
If you're following at home, here's an overview of the course and the scorecard.
We'll preview some of the key holes a little later.
Sunday 17th August, 8.20am
Here's a rundown of today's final groupings...
Sunday 17th August, 8.00am
It’s the final day at the inaugural Fiji International and we’re preparing for a showdown at the top pf the leaderboard.
It’s another spectacular day here at Natadola with conditions ripe for scoring.
The first group teed off at 6.55am local time this morning with the leaders out at 10.20am (8.20am AEST).
Local favourite Vijay Singh hit off at 9.25am (7.25am).
Before this morning’s action gets underway, why not catch up with yesterday’s play?
Check out the Round 3 highlight below.