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Fiji International Aussies Charge Ahead

Australians Steve Jeffress and Jake Higginbottom shared the lead after Round Three of the Fiji International with eight under par at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course yesterday. “I have played
17 Aug 2014 16:40
Fiji International Aussies Charge Ahead
Samuela Malacakau with a photo of his son, Sireli Tuinabavatu in Labasa on November 29, 2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Australians Steve Jeffress and Jake Higginbottom shared the lead after Round Three of the Fiji International with eight under par at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course yesterday.

“I have played here a lot. Having a bit of local knowledge and I have a mate (Inoke) on the bag who works here helped me read some greens,” Jeffress said.

“I just have to stay out of trouble and that local knowledge will help me. I played better than the first two rounds. My putting was on track, holed a nice one on the tenth from about 45 foot and holed a nice par putt on the 14th from 15 foot across the slope so it is really good putting just getting the ball in the holes.”

Jeffress shot two bogeys at the 3rd and 6th with four birdies at the 1st , 8th , 10th, 15th and 17 th to take him to the top.

Higginbottom, 20, who was leading after round two said the plan was to stay on top to add another feather to his cap after the 2012 NZ Open victory as an amateur.

He shot double bogey at the 10th two bogeys on the 1st and 11th ,birdies at the 4 th, 6 th, and 16 th and an eagle (17 th).

“I’m very excited so far. It was also windy there as well. It will be great if I can get a victory. It is still a long way to go. Around this course anything happens, but it will be great to win as it will open up new doors. My game plan will be the same. The clubs may be different but I will be hitting it in the same spot.”

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