Fiji International. Maiden Tour Win For Jason Norris.

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It was a maiden European Tour win for Jason Norris, from Australia, at the Fiji International at Natadola Bay Golf Club

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Jason carded a final round -5 under par 67 to win his maiden European Tour title, the Fiji International, with a -14 under par total, a four shot winning margin.

Jason said the putts dropped this week;

“I think it was just our week, everything aligned and putts dropped and some good shots came, it was amazing.”

“I just stuck to one shot at a time but I putted really well on the front nine and that is what gave it to us.”

“I said a couple of years ago when I was about to quit that I didn’t want to give it away until I had won a big tournament because I know I can.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par were; David McKenzie, –5 under 67 today, James Marchesani, -2 under 70, and the only non Australian in the top seven slots, Jazz Janewattananond, from Thailand, with an amazing bogey free final round -8 under par 64.

Jazz putted well, and was happy with his overall performance;

“I am just really happy to put up a good score. It’s always good to shoot a bogey-free round.”

“I couldn’t make any putts in the first two days but I had been hitting the ball good all week. I managed to sink some putts today and yesterday and I guess that was the key.”

“I putted well to make my move up the leaderboard yesterday so I was feeling confident coming to the final round. I holed almost every putt that I have today.”

“I am really pleased with how I played today.” White Dragon GolfWhite Dragon Golf

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Fiji International. Wade Ormsby 54 hole Leader.

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Wade Ormsby, from Australia is the 54 hole leader of the Fiji International at Natadola Bay Golf Club.

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Wade shot a third round -6 under par 66 to lead the Fiji International by one shot, at -10 under par going into the final round Sunday.

Wade was surprised to be leading, but thanked a hot putter;

 “It was a bit of a surprise coming up the last, I hadn’t seen too many leaderboards for the day but obviously I’m very happy with it.”

“I didn’t think I would be in that position after seven holes, I was getting a bit frustrated.”

“The putter started to get a bit hot so I started to move in the right direction.”

“I think everyone who has played golf knows that when the putts start dropping you get happier out there.”

” I got my putter going I really started moving forward.” 

Jason Norris, Australia is in second place, one shot back at -9 under, he carded -2 under 70 today to claim second place on his own. He is the only survivor from yesterdays four-way tie at the top.

James Marchesani, also from Australia, is the sole occupant of third position, at -8 under par, he returned a -5 under 67 score today;

James described his good bogey;

“I made a really good bogey on five that I think sort of kept the momentum going.”

“I could have easily made a double but got away with a five and then just sort of stayed patient, which is pretty easy to do just looking at that water out there.”

“I then managed to make six birdies on the back. A good finish.”

In fact it was Australia day in Fiji today the top five places on the leaderboard were all Aussie players.

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BMW New Zealand Open, Won by Aussie Amateur, Jake Higginbottom

Special victory for Higginbottom

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Aussie Amateur Jake Higginbottom was won the BMW New Zealand Open at the Clearwater Resort, with a final round of  -5 under par, 67, and a tournament total of -7 under par. Jake had to fight hard to repel the challenge from fellow Aussie’s Jason Norris and Peter Wilson, who both finished tied for second at -6 under par.

Jake made history by becoming the first amateur golfer for 56 years to be crowned New Zealand Open champion with his one-shot victory in the BMW-sponsored tournament hosted by Christchurch at Clearwater Resort on Sunday. The 19 year-old Ausssie  from New South Wales, started the final round three shots adrift of Mark Brown, New Zealand’s main hope of ending a drought of nine years since a Kiwi held aloft the winner’s silverware, the Brodie Breeze Trophy.

Jake was happy to be beating the professionals, to know he was a good as them;

“It is a great feeling and it means a lot me. It is good to come over here and play against the professionals and know that I am as good as them. Mum was crying and Dad was just happy that I made a good speech. I actually talked about the 18th with my mates before the final round. They asked me what I would do if I had a one shot lead down the last and I told them I would just rip one down there.I was most nervous when I had that short putt on the last but it was nice to see that drop and to win is really good. It was good to be a couple behind after the front nine because I knew that I had to make birdies. That is what I did so it was good.”

Mark Brown summed up his disappointing day with the putter, he finished fourth after his +1 over par last round;

” I played well enough, I played beautifully for first 10 holes and didn’t miss a shot.But I only really holed one putt and had 34 for the day which is never going to win a golf tournament. I don’t know, I didn’t start them on line so there’s a technical issue there. I gave myself a lot of chances and think I hit 33 greens for the last 36 holes so that’s a lot of chances I didn’t take. It’s frustration and probably been a career thing for me so I’ve got to get better if I want to reach the goals I want to meet. I’ll go away, work hard, and try and get better.”

So New Zealand will have to wait another year before the chance of having another Kiwi winning the BMW New Zealand Open.