Fiji, July 10: Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent will add to the strong international flavor when the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways gets underway at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course next month.
Vincent is the only Zimbabwean player on the Asian Tour and with the Fiji International being tri-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour again, the 26-year-old cannot wait to tee off against the breathtaking views of the Coral Coast.
“I’ve very good memories of Fiji and I absolutely love the place. You just feel a lot more relaxed when you go to a beautiful spot and that helps with your golf game. It’s like a vacation spot and a nice place to take the wife,” said Vincent, who will have his wife Kelsey on his bag in Fiji.
Vincent finished tied-ninth at the Fiji International last year and is hopeful of a better result this time around.
“I was able to put together some good rounds last year. Hopefully I can go and do the same again next month. I’ve been very consistent with my game. I’m trying to tighten up on a few things with my game and it’s starting to show a little bit now. It has given me the opportunity to be in position and have a chance on Sunday,” said Vincent.
Vincent signalled his arrival in Asia when he came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2016.
He was named the Rookie of the Year after ending his 2016 season in 28th position. The Zimbabwean finished 17th on the money list in 2017 to retain his card for 2018.
“The Asian Tour has played a huge role in my career and in the years to come, this is the Tour I would call home because this is where I started and has taken me places. I wouldn’t want to lose my Asian Tour card for anything,” said Vincent.
While Vincent has yet to secure his breakthrough, he has enjoyed five top-10s since the start of the year.
“It has been frustrating not being able to get over the finishing line so far. But I’m more excited about where my game’s heading. Obviously you would like to have that win taken care of. But as long as the game is moving in the right direction, I think I’m okay,” said Vincent.
The Fiji International will be headlined by former World Number one and one of Fiji’s greatest sportsmen Vijay Singh as well as four-time Major winner Ernie Els of South Africa.
About the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways
To be held from 2-5 August 2018 the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course which boasts breathtaking views of the Coral Coast and is home to the Natadola Beach Land Estate.
Enticed by the tropical destination, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways has attracted some of the world’s best golfers since its inaugural staging in 2014 including Fijian hero and three-time Major champion Vijay Singh, 2017 champion Jason Norris, 2016 champion Brandt Snedeker, 2015 champion Matt Kuchar, 2014 champion Steven Jeffress, Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley and Nick Price.
This year’s tournament is set to feature four-time Major champion and Captain of the International Team for the 2019 Presidents Cup, Ernie Els.
In 2018, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways continues to have a global presence confirming its position as an integral tournament in the South Pacific region, with the tournament being tri-sanctioned by the European Tour, ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour.
A Pacific paradise, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways also boasts some of the most unique hospitality options in world golf with the par-3 8th hole providing the perfect vantage point to watch the golf, whilst socialising on the beach.
More than just a golf tournament, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways aims to leave a lasting legacy for golf in the Pacific region, with the PGA of Australia supporting initiatives to introduce and grow the game in Fiji.
Owned by SEL and the PGA of Australia, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways is proudly supported by the Fijian Government, Tourism Fiji and the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as the official resort of the tournament