Fiji, August 9: The Fiji International will boast three former Masters Champions in the field with Argentina’s Angel Cabrera confirmed for the tournament at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from August 17 to 20.
Cabrera is a two-time Major Champion, winning the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters amongst his 51 Professional victories including titles on the PGA, European and Asian Tours.
He joins 2000 Masters Champion Vijay Singh and 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir in the fourth edition of the Fiji International, tri-sanctioned for the first time by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour.
“I can’t wait to get to Fiji, I’ve heard about the amazing course there and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the famous Fijian hospitality for myself,” Cabrera said.
“I haven’t played in a European or Asian Tour event in some time, so it will be good to play alongside some of those guys again in Fiji.”
Coincidentally, Cabrera’s last win in an Asian Tour event came at the 2007 Barclays Singapore Open, one shot ahead of Vijay Singh who has re-designed the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, to be unveiled for the first time at the 2017 Fiji International.
“Vijay is a terrific competitor and has a great mind for the game, I’m sure that will reflect in the changes he has made to his home course,” Cabrera added.
With Cabrera’s addition to the field, the Fiji International has a wealth of talent from all corners of the globe.
“We’ll be delighted to welcome Angel Cabrera to the Fiji International for the first time,” said The Honourable Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism.
“We now have a Major Champion from Fiji, Canada and Argentina joining professionals from Korea, Thailand, South Africa and other parts of the world and Fiji is proud to host them at the beautiful Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.”
Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, said the tri-sanctioning of the Fiji International has led to the most diverse field of professionals in the tournament’s short history.
“Angel Cabrera ensures we have some of the legends of the game at the Fiji International Joining up and coming stars in world golf,” Kirkman said.
“Fiji’s famous hospitality and picturesque scenery will be on display to the world with so many different nationalities competing at Natadola Bay.”
Angel Cabrera joins a stellar field which includes Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, Phachara Khongwatmai, Jeunghun Wang, Ryan Fox and Brett Rumford.
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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, 2014 champion Steven Jeffress, 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, Asian 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 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 until 2017.
For more information about the Fiji International please visit fijiinternational.com
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