#FijiIntl Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 20 Aug 2017

#FijiIntl Rd 4 What They Said


Jason Norris of Australia

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 of Thailand

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.

Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe

Scott Vincent (Zim) – Final Round 71 (-1), Total 280 (-8)

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.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.