#MondayRewind: 5 things we learned in Fiji

Mon 21 Aug 2017

#MondayRewind: 5 things we learned in Fiji

Fiji, August 21:

A beautiful golf course, a winner with a great story to tell and the rise of a Thai golfer. It was certainly a week to remember at the Fiji International. Here are five things we learned.

If at first you don’t succeed… Jason Norris win at the Fiji International was a truly inspiring story. The Australian was working at the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide and on the verge of giving the game away before claiming a life-changing victory in Fiji. He will now have the opportunity to play in events in Asia, Australia and Europe after winning the tri-sanctioned event. He is also in the running to qualify for the cash-rich CIMB Classic in October.

Jason Norris

Norris had previously played on the Asian Tour in 2009. He missed three cuts out of 11 starts that season and his best result was a tied-15th place finish at the SAIL Open in India. He returned to the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2015 but failed to make the grade.

Jazz Janewattananond is clearly singing a different tune in 2017. After losing his Asian Tour card in 2016, the young Thai is enjoying and playing his best golf since winning in Bangladesh for his first Asian Tour title. In Fiji, he made the cut on the dot but a final round 64 pushed him to a share of second place.

Before the week started at the Fiji International, Gavin Green of Malaysia, Casey O’Toole of the United States, Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand and Ben Campbell of New Zealand were treated to a sunset cruise in Fiji. It was an amazing experience for the quartet who was also treated to a delicious dinner.

The Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course was the perfect venue for the Fiji International. Designed by Asian Tour honorary member Vijay Singh, the players enjoyed the challenge and picturesque view. It will also be a venue that Jazz will never forget as he currently holds the course record of eight-under-par 64.