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Muir, Lee For Fiji International

New Zealander Kieran Muir won the Fiji Open and secured his place at the Fiji International so has local favourite Sam Lee. Starting the final round four shots clear of
21 May 2017 11:50
Muir, Lee For Fiji International

New Zealander Kieran Muir won the Fiji Open and secured his place at the Fiji International so has local favourite Sam Lee.

Starting the final round four shots clear of Fijian Sam Lee at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in Nadi, Muir fired 4-under 68 in the final round to win the title by seven shots with a tournament total 19-under the card.

“I came here last year and wanted to get the win, I played pretty well but two guys played better so it’s nice to come back this year and make plenty of birdies,” Muir said.

“I putted really well; it’s not easy to do around here. Three out of the four rounds I hit a minimum of 16 greens so I was hitting it pretty.”

Muir was delighted to win the tournament but even more excited by his prize; a start in the Fiji International from August 17-20.

“I have played the Fiji International twice and I love Natadola so I am keen to get back there and have another crack,” he said.

“It is an opportunity and it means something if you can make the most of it. It’s fantastic to go back to a course that I know, despite the changes.”

While Lee was disappointed with his 2-over the card final round, he was excited to also have booked a spot at the Fiji International as the leading Fijian player.

“I wanted to win the Fiji Open to make sure two locals qualified from this tournament but I am happy to have secured my place at the Fiji International,” said Lee, who finished the leading Fijian at the Fiji Open.

“I put myself out of it a little on the first day having only 1-under but today Kieran played well and I guess I put too much pressure on myself.

“I made a silly mistake on No. 8 playing playing the wrong ball which cost me two shots.”

Lee has played every Fiji International since its advent in 2014 and with it being hosted at his home course of Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course he was eager to get back there this year.

“I have played the Fiji International all three years and I feel like I am playing better every year.”

It is a huge opportunity for Lee, who no longer holds status on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australia, a good performance in the Fiji International could help re-secure it for him.

The Fiji International will be played at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course and is tri-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour.

 

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