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Vijay Singh: Happy To Team Up With Ernie

Vijay Singh: Happy To Team Up With Ernie
Vijay Singh of Fiji reacts to his shot on the second tee during the first round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.Photo: Zimbio
April 27
11:48 2018

Former No.1 and one of Fiji’s greatest sportsmen Vijay Singh has again shown his commitment to his home tournament and signed on for his fifth straight appearance at the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways.

Singh joins good friend and fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els in the field for the 2018 edition to be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on August 2-5, 2018.

The pair has shared many sterling contests on the golf course, none more prominent than The Masters in 2000 where Singh defeated ‘The Big Easy’ by three shots to claim the coveted Green Jacket.

They have also played alongside one another in numerous Presidents Cup tournaments representing the International Team, of which Els was named captain for the 2019 edition at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

“I’m looking forward to meeting up with Ernie in Fiji, he and I have travelled the world together as professionals, so it will be nice to show him my home country,” said Singh.

“We’ve had some good memories together on the golf course; we’ve played a lot of Presidents Cups together including the International’s win in 1998.

“He’s a close friend of mine but come round one at the Fiji International, I certainly won’t be holding anything back and I don’t expect him to either, it’s hard to scale back that competitive streak we both have.”

The proud Fijian has been a vocal supporter of the tournament since its inception in 2014 and had a hand in the initial design of the Natadola Bay Championship Course as well as its re-design in 2017.

He has also designed the Desaru Coast Valley Course at The Els Club in Malaysia, a sought-after golfing destination made up of three courses, the two others designed by Els.

“I was very excited to work with Ernie at The Els Club, I’m sure when he plays at Natadola he’ll notice some similarities between my work here and over in Malaysia.

“He has a keen eye for course architecture so I hope he enjoys the course in Fiji.”

Singh has made the cut in all four of his Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways appearances, his best to date a third place in the 2015 edition.

This year he has already returned to the winner’s circle recording a one-shot victory in the Toshiba Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions in March.

“It definitely feels good to get a win so early in the season,” added Singh.

“I’m definitely not done yet and will challenge this year in the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways.”

Singh is a wonderful ambassador for Fiji overseas and is warmly welcomed home each year for the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways.

“The Fiji International would be incomplete without Vijay and we look forward to welcoming him back once again in 2018,” said the Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya.

“Having an athlete of Vijay Singh’s calibre and repute playing in the tournament for the last four years adds value to the status of the tournament and will be a good incentive for other players to play alongside him. The Fiji International will definitely be a must-attend event and we look forward to a good round of competitive golf come August.”

 

About the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways

To be held from 2-5 August 2018 the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways 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 presented by Fiji Airways 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, 2017 champion Jason Norris, 2016 champion Brandt Snedeker, 2015 champion Matt Kuchar, 2014 champion Steven Jeffress, Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley and Nick Price.

This year’s tournament is set to feature four-time Major Champion and captain of the International Team for the 2019 Presidents Cup, Ernie Els.

In 2018, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways 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.

More than just a golf tournament, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways 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.

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