Jason Norris wins Fiji International


Jason Norris wins Fiji International

Unheralded Australian Jason Norris completed a life-changing week with a dominant four-shot victory in the Fiji International; he closed with a 5-under-par 31-36=67 for a 14-under 274 total at Natadola Bay GC.

Two more Australians, David Mckenzie and James Marchesani, were four shots behind Norris, along with Thai Jazz Janewattananond.

The win grants Norris full-time status on the lucrative European and Asian tours, forcing him to ponder whether to play in Denmark or Darwin next week having overcome the self-confessed putting "yips" which had him practising after dark at his hotel's mini golf course on tournament eve.

"I didn't think I would be in that position after seven holes, I was getting a bit frustrated but the putter started to get a bit hot so I started to move in the right direction. It's a good position to be in right now so hopefully I can finish off well and cap a good result tomorrow", he said.

"It's been 21 years of misery to get here", Norris joked. "I was in a good spot". I have a lot of trouble with my jaw and I've got no teeth left. This came up quicker than I thought.

"I said it a couple of years ago when I was about to quit, I don't want to give the game away until I win a big tournament because I know I can".

And he then went ahead with back-to-back birdies at the third and fourth before dropping his first shot of the day at the fifth.

Local hero Vijay Singh is also six shots behind the leaders, in a tie for 28th, following an even par round that mixed two birdies and two bogeys.

"I feel like I can keep doing what I am doing, it will just be if other guys get going as well and chase me". I made a mistake off the tee and I paid the price for it.

Jazz Janewattananond stormed up the leaderboard with a flawless 64, the 21-year-old hitting six birdies and an eagle three at the par five 17 to claim a share of second with Marchesani (70) and McKenzie (67).

It was an impressive final round from Norris but needed to be on a Natadola Bay course that was vulnerable to low scoring.

"Today I used backhand grip all day".