Fiji, July 14: Australian Brett Rumford will make his debut appearance in the Fiji International held at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from August 17 to 20 next month.
The 39-year-old Australian claimed his sixth European Tour title at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in February which, like the Fiji International, was tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour.
“The Fiji International is a very attractive tournament for me; it’s in a beautiful destination but it can also have a big impact on my career moving forward,” said Rumford, who currently leads the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit by more than AU$100,000 over New Zealander Michael Hendry.
“With it being sanctioned by the European Tour it is a good opportunity for me to move up in the Race to Dubai Rankings, I would love to be playing the DP World Tour Championship at the end of the year.
“But this is also an important tournament for me on the PGA Tour of Australasia; a goal of mine this year is to win the Order of Merit which will provide me starts in The Open and World Golf Championship tournaments next year,” Rumford added.
A prominent player on both the European Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, the Fijian government are pleased to welcome Rumford to Fiji for the first time.
“We are thrilled that Brett Rumford will be visiting Fiji for the first time and playing in the Fiji International,” said the Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism.
“The Fiji International is an important event for Fiji as we continue to build our reputation and capacity to host world class sporting events”.
“The fact that the Fiji International is also important to Brett’s career is indication of the tournament’s significance on the international golf calendar.”
Rumford is a welcome addition to the Fiji International field which will be headlined by local hero Vijay Singh.
“Each year the Australian field teeing it up at the Fiji International gets stronger. Brett Rumford playing in the event is fantastic and shows the importance players place on winning the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“Creating playing opportunities for our members is extremely important. The Fiji International assists in doing this, not only as another tournament on our schedule, but the prize money ensures the event has an impact on the Order of Merit and the tri-sanctioning also allows our players the chance to compete in European Tour and Asian Tour events.”
Photo credit: PGA of Australia
About the Fiji International
To be held from 17-20 August the Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course which boasts breathtaking views of the Coral Coast and is home to the Natadola Beach Land Estate.
Enticed by the tropical destination, the Fiji International has attracted some of the world’s best golfers since its inaugural staging in 2014 including Fijian hero and three time Major champion Vijay Singh, 2016 champion Brandt Snedeker, 2015 champion Matt Kuchar, Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley, Nick Price, Robert Allenby, Heath Slocum, Liang Wenchong, and Anirban Lahiri.
In 2017, the Fiji International continues to have a global presence confirming its position as an integral tournament in the South Pacific region, with the tournament being tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour.
A Pacific paradise, the Fiji International also boasts some of the most unique hospitality options in world golf with the par-3 8th 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.
Owned by SEL and the PGA of Australia, the Fiji International is proudly supported by the Fijian Government, Tourism Fiji and the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as the official resort of the tournament through 2017.