THE Fiji International has received a definite personality injection with news Australia’s Steven Bowditch and America’s Boo Weekley have signed up for the October event.
The event is one of the newest tournaments on the European Tour and has become one of the most popular stops on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“Bowdo” and Boo are good mates off the course and are not only looking to the on course challenge but also enjoying some of the tourist attractions Fiji is renowned for.
Bowditch hasn’t had the best of years on the international golfing scene and is hoping for some end of season rejuvenation.
“When I heard about the Fiji International, it was immediately on the top of my list of tournaments I wanted to play,” said Bowditch, a two time winner on the US PGA TOUR and three time winner on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“To be in Fiji, with the relaxed atmosphere, and play golf will be a great way to unwind after a long season in the U.S.”
“And to have Boo coming with me definitely means we will find some fun away from the course.”
Weekley, with his southern drawl and love of fishing and good times, is one of the most colourful characters on the PGA TOUR. He was certainly a popular addition to the Australian Open field a little while back.
“I hope the golf is good in Fiji but I love fishing, so I’m looking forward to checking that out too,” said Weekley, a three time winner on the PGA TOUR.
“We are lucky to do the job that we do. Playing golf has taken me to some great countries around the world and I can’t wait to experience Fiji.”
Bowditch and Weekley are the latest international players to sign on for the Fiji International after Brandt Snedeker and Vijay Singh also committed to the tournament.
“Boo and Steven are world-class players who each have multiple PGA TOUR victories on their resumes but they are also great personalities,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“They are exactly the type of players we hope to host in Fiji; they are both PGA TOUR regulars and will put on a great display of golf during the Fiji International, but they will also enjoy their time in the tropical paradise.”
“It is important to us that the best golfers in the world enjoy the Fiji International and spread the message to their colleagues that Fiji is a great destination to visit.”
About the Fiji International
The Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from 6-9 October for AU$1.5million in prizemoney, with tickets on sale at the gate and online.
This year, the Fiji International expands its global presence and confirms its position as an integral tournament in the South Pacific region, with the tournament being co-sanctioned by the European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
A Pacific paradise, the Fiji International also boasts some of the most unique hospitality options in world golf with the par-3 4th hole providing the perfect vantage point to watch the golf, whilst socialising on the beach.
More than just a golf tournament, the Fiji International aims to leave a lasting legacy for golf in the Pacific region, with the PGA of Australia supporting initiatives to introduce and grow the game in Fiji.