18 Aug 2014

Sport: Steven Jeffress wins Fiji International, Vijay Singh keen to return

2:00 pm on 18 August 2014

Australian Steven Jeffress has won the inaugural winner Fiji International golf tournament at the Natadola Bay Championship Course.

The 38 year old had the unique honour of hitting the very first tee shot and sinking the final putt of the tournament.

He birdied the 18th hole to finish on ten under par and claim the title by two shots from fellow Australian Jake Higginbottom.

"I'm actually a little bit surprised in some way but over the moon. [It's been] a lot of years of hard work [and] finally to get a main tour win it's awesome. It hasn't sunk in yet, hasn't sunk in".

Jeffress earns a cool US$180,000 for his troubles over the past four days.

Meanwhile local hope Vijay Singh closed with a 73 to secure a top ten finish, on two-over the card,

The 51 year old was happy with how he finished his home tournament, after a disappointing start.

"I let it go the first two days. I wish I had played a little better and I was in a very negative state of mind because of the golf course. I expected the golf course - especially the green concept - to be a little better than what it was so I was all the time looking at the greens and trying to figure out how I was going to fix it. On the weekend I just said go ahead and play your game - which I did - and I managed to play ok and I was happy with the way I finished".

Vijay Singh says he expects to be back for next year's event and hopes next year's tournament can be arranged scheduled at a time that will allow him to stay in homeland for longer.