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Jones laments set back

Australian golfer Brendan Jones arrived into the country yesterday for the inaugural Fiji International minus his golf clubs and his bag. Jones, a 13-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour,
13 Aug 2014 17:43
Jones laments set back

Australian golfer Brendan Jones arrived into the country yesterday for the inaugural Fiji International minus his golf clubs and his bag.

Jones, a 13-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, claimed his luggage was misplaced after transit from Canberra to Sydney.

“There is a set back with the suitcase and equipment not arriving, but that is not the end of the world,” Jones said.

“I remember when I went to play Tiger Woods in the Match Play in 2008, my golf clubs did not turn up for two days. It is nothing new for me,” he said with a grin.

The 39-year-old vividly remembers coming to Fiji for a vacation when he was 11-years-old.

“It has been 28 years since I have been to Fiji. I’m looking forward to the tournament ever since it came on to the schedule,” he said.

“I would have liked to have been there playing out there today (yesterday). This is the first time at Natadola. Where I live in Australia, it is minus six degrees overnight, so it is nice to get into some sunshine. I have walked around the back nine and it is a beautiful golf course.”

Jones, from New South Wales, turned professional in 1999. He admitted that it won’t be a walk in the park with a vast field of players in the Fiji International.

“This week you will have to be in control of the ball. The wind will get very strong. Visually it is an excellent course. There will be some good scores. You have some hall of fame golfers. It is exciting for Fiji to have their number one golfer of all time back home. Nick Price has come over. There is couple of young Australian players and good young Asian players, so there is a good mix.”

Jones, in 2012, finished in sixth spot at the NZ PGA Pro-Am championship, finished second at the Emirates Australian Open and featured in the Australian PGA Championship, and the 2011 JBWere Masters.

The tournament is on from tomorrow to Sunday.

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