15 Oct 2015

Sport: Fiji International tees off

8:19 am on 15 October 2015

The Fiji International golf tournament is underway this morning at the Natadola Bay Championship course.

Local favourite Vijay Singh and defending champion Steven Jeffress from Australia are in the same grouping for the first two rounds, and tee off just after seven o'clock local time.

The highest-ranked player in the field, world number 16 Matt Kuchar, is due to start his round shortly before midday local time.

He's brought his family with him to Fiji and will have a familiar face by his side.

"To have mum and dad here, to have dad on the bag it gives us a lot of time to hang out and catch up and relive some old memories. He certainly was a very successful caddy with me in the amateur days and it's fun to have him back on the bag".

The 37-year-old Kuchar is fresh from helping the United States win the Presidents Cup in Korea last week and is expecting to be tested by the Natadola Bay course.

"There's a lot of hazards out there - both left and right sides of fairways tend to be hazards on either sides. With the wind blowing as hard as it blew yesterday and today a ball that's not well struck is going to start drifting off-line with the wind and could very well end up in some bad places so it's a demanding course. It's going to take someone to play really really good golf to win this week. I feel like my game's been good the past month so I'm fairly sharp and hoping to continue the good play this week".

Matt Kuchar is competing at the Fiji International for the first time.

Matt Kuchar is competing at the Fiji International for the first time. Photo: Fiji International