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Windy Battle Ahead For Pros In Fiji

The Pacific paradise setting couldn’t be better but the elements will prove testing for all Professionals out on course at this week’s Fijian International. The Vijay Singh designed Natadola Bay
14 Oct 2015 08:36
Windy Battle Ahead For Pros In Fiji
A windy start... The Vijay Singh designed Natadola Bay Golf Course is known for its gale force winds.

The Pacific paradise setting couldn’t be better but the elements will prove testing for all Professionals out on course at this week’s Fijian International.

The Vijay Singh designed Natadola Bay Golf Course is known for its gale force winds which have been lashing the course since late last week, even Singh himself knows the difficulties faced by Pros this week.

“It’s an incredible place, the setting is unbelievable but the wind is playing havoc right now. But it’s that way for everybody and you have to get used to it,” said Singh.

“I have talked to the officials and we need to slow the greens down a lot, last year it was ok but we were still being blown around. This year it’s a little bit stronger and it’s more exposed to some of the greens.

“I think if the greens are slow it will be more enjoyable to play on this course.”

Tournament Operations manager for the PGA Tour of Australasia, Graeme Scott, agreed with Singh, adding the issue around the strength of the gusts is of most concern to tournament organisers.

“The general wind speeds are acceptable, it’s when we get severe wind gusts that we’ve got the potential for balls to start moving on the green. As soon as balls start moving we have to start considering a suspension to play,” said Scott.

“We have to make the course as playable as possible so that we don’t have a suspension, which means keeping the greens speeds as such or have enough grass on the greens that prevent the ball from blowing, which will mean slowing them down.

“The wind also affects the playing length of some holes, but we do have the opportunity to move some tees forward if required,” he added.

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