FRESH from the Ryder Cup winning celebrations US team member Brandt Snedeker continued the victory ride with a runaway win at the 2016 Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.
The world number 23 began the final round with a three stroke lead and cantered away to close with rounds of 69-65-70-68 to take the PGA Tour of Australasia title by nine strokes.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the day. I birdied the first hole out of the gate,” said Snedeker.
“Being 3-under after the first six it all kind of went my way and I hit quality golf shots. I just never really let up.”
“I did not expect to win by nine shots, this golf course is funny, it’s brutal. I knew if I let up for a second, there could be a big number waiting for me.”
“It was about to happen on 10, I was able to survive there. I kept my head down and kept going all day long.”
Following a successful fortnight Snedeker is eyeing a Major Championship, believing his Fiji experience will help him achieve his next career goal.
“It’s been a pretty good two weeks; it would be good if I had a tournament next week. But the week off will be good, it will give me some time to rest and get my mind right,” added Snedeker.
“I’ve done a lot of other stuff in my career and last week propelled that for my career, handling the pressure like it did.”
“Today’s going to help me too, handling a big lead the way I did. To know that I can handle whatever golf courses will throw at me against the best players in the world and come out on top.”
“Now it’s just time to get ready and go and be excited about it.”
Snedeker’s victory week at Fiji International: Video
New Zealander Michael Hendry recorded an even par round to finish the Fiji International outright second on 7-under the card.
With this runner-up finish Michael Hendry has overtaken Matthew Griffin on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit. He leads by just AU$1,200.74.
A further shot back were Brad Shilton (NZ), Andrew Evans (NSW), Matthew Giles (NSW), and Anthony Houston (Vic).
Rounding out the top-10 on 5-under the card were Jake Higginbottom (NSW), Daniel Fox (WA), Matthew Griffin (VIC), Inhoi Hur (KOR) and Ben Eccles (VIC).
Local hero Vijay Singh finished on 2-under the card and tied 21st.
For all final scores please visit pga.org.au.