MATT KUCHAR overcame four days of raging winds to take the 2015 Fiji International by four strokes on the weekend.
Fresh from the Presidents Cup in Korea, the seven-time US PGA Tour winner took a two shot lead into the final round at the challenging Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course and extended the margin with a 3-under 69.
Australia’s Aron Price shot a bogey free 1-under 71 to finish the week on even par and outright second.
Kuchar pulled away from the field early thanks to four birdies on the front nine which were helped by calmer weather conditions.
The Fiji International is Kuchar’s first win since the RBC Heritage on the US PGA TOUR in April 2014.
“Winning is a hard thing to do regardless of where you are, US PGA or Fiji, there are great players everywhere.,” the 37 year old said.
“I knew I had to play some really good golf to try and have a chance at this title and I played some great golf this week. I was excited to come out on top.”
It was Kuchar’s first appearance at the PGA of Australasia Tour event and it is hoped he will return to defend his title in 2016.
Hometown hero Vijay Singh had a bogey free round shooting a course record 7-under 65 that included seven birdies to finish 1-over the card in a tie for third with Aussie Nick Cullen (67) and Kiwi Ryan Fox (67).
“Once you start to hit the ball the way you can and not worry about the wind too much you’re going to have results and I played pretty good too,” Singh said.
The PGA Tour of Australasia will now move to Kalgoorlie for the TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship from October 20th – November 1st 2015.
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