Fiji, August 20: Read what players have to say following the final round of the Fiji International on Sunday.
Jason Norris (Aus) – Final Round 67 (-5), Total 274 (-14) – WINNER
It’s unbelievable. It’s good to see you all on Sunday instead of on Thursday every time. I felt really good all day, a couple of times I started getting ahead of myself, but my good mate/caddy Ace calmed me down and reminded me about the process.
I think it was just our week, everything aligned and putts dropped and some good shots came, it was amazing. I always thought I would win a big one but it never did. I said a couple of years ago when I was about to quit, that I didn’t want to give it away until I had won a big tournament because I know I can. I said to Ace, that’s it I am quitting now (laughs) but he told me not to get too ahead of myself.
I just tried to stay switched on and not think about the future, things come into your head you try to block them out. I was really happy with our processed today.
I played the first hole badly all week so to hole a good putt on the first for birdie settled things. I just stuck to one shot at a time but I putted really well on the front-nine and that is what gave it to us.
I was about to go to Asian Tour Qualifying School for next season so this has just saved me some money. I wanted to go to the European Tour about 15 years ago and it didn’t quite happen.
I didn’t think I would be here. Today I felt good, I felt like a champion, I felt like I was in a good spot.
A couple of years ago and then four years ago and then eight years ago. I was going to give it away a couple of years ago because I thought I was going to lose my card. I went to work, I started working at the Grange Golf Club and I was going to quit but I started playing well again.
I spoke to the boss last week and I said I would help out if needed but not on a permanent basis, I have probably two years left playing golf and I just want to have a crack. This came up probably quicker than I thought.
Today I used backhand grip all day. I putted well with the grip on the back-nine yesterday so I stuck with it. I putted sensational all day, even the ones that I three putted were just bad speed.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Final Round 64 (-8), Total 278 (-10)
I played with Adam (Bland) before in Japan and it was really nice to be playing with him again today. It was a two ball and we were the first group to head out this morning. I felt really comfortable and I enjoyed myself a lot. We played the front nine in less than an hour and a half!
Both of us played really well. We were rubbing off the good vibes from each other out there. We were just exchanging birdies out there. I didn’t think there will be any wind today. I think it will be calm the whole day so it wasn’t really an advantage playing in the morning.
I am just really happy to put up a good score. It’s always good to shoot a bogey-free round. I couldn’t make any putts in the first two days but I had been hitting the ball good all week. I managed to sink some putts today and yesterday and I guess that was the key.
I putted well to make my move up the leaderboard yesterday so I was feeling confident coming to the final round. I holed almost every putt that I have today. I am really pleased with how I played today. We waited about 20 minutes to tee off on the 17. Adam and I hit our second shots to about the same place.
He chipped it close first. I was at the front edge of the green and had about 25 yards to the pin. The initial plan was the hit it close from there. I didn’t expect to hole that putt! It took me by surprise! It was a great finish coming down the stretch.
It’s my first time in Fiji and I really enjoyed myself this week. It’s a great place to be. It’s a very golf course. I am enjoying the views out there. I made the halfway cut on the number and made a big move on the leaderboard in the last two rounds. I have no complaints.
My dad got me into the game. He bought me my first golf club when I was eight years old. Whenever I make money now, I will try and support my younger sister, Jenny, with her medical school fees. She’s 19 and is in her first year in the university back home in Thailand.
I got off to a hot and quick start on the front nine but it got slow heading into the back. I just tried to stay as patient as I can. I guess playing with Adam helps. We enjoyed each other’s company out there. We were chatting throughout the whole 18 holes. I guess that made the wait more bearable. He played really good as well.
I think the average time to play a round of golf is about four hours and a half. I played it in four hours today.
Scott Vincent (Zim) – Final Round 71 (-1), Total 280 (-8)
It’s been a great week. It’s nice to come and play here. First year out here, I can’t be too disappointed with my result this week. One or two shots could have made the difference today but overall, I played really solid.
It’s still a good week. I have a lot of positives to take away from this week and hopefully I can ride on the good form heading into the remainder of the season.