19 Oct 2015

Sport: Fiji International winner keen to come back

1:20 pm on 19 October 2015

The American golfer Matt Kuchar won the Fiji International by four shots and says he's keen to come back and defend the title.

After battling three days of strong winds, the world number 16 fired a second consecutive three under par 69 in much calmer conditions at Natadola Bay to finish four under for the tournament.

"It's been a great week. This is so much fun for me to have the family here, to have dad caddying for me [and] to come out on top. It's really been an excellent week and one I'm sure I'll never forget. Winning is a hard thing to do regardless of where you are: USPGA or if you're over here in Fiji. There's great players everywhere. I knew I had to play some really good golf to try to have a chance at this title. I played some great golf this week and was awfully excited to come out on top.

Matt Kuchar with the Fiji International trophy.

Matt Kuchar with the Fiji International trophy. Photo: Fiji International

"We've had an amazing time in Fiji and you probably don't have to twist my arm too hard to get back to Fiji. It's been a great week and certainly it's a place, a destination that I enjoy getting back to".

Australia's Aron Price was the nearest challenger, finishing on even par after four rounds.

Local favourite Vijay Singh saved his best until last, firing a course record seven under 65 to surge into a share of third place.

Vijay Singh during the Fiji International.

Vijay Singh during the Fiji International. Photo: Fiji International

The former world number one will be redesigning course in time for next year's event and has big plans.

"You're never going to have conditions like this [again]: raining last three days and no wind for the last two days - a little win. I think it needs to be redone. Hopefully we can do the whole golf course at one time - I want the wow factor and not just, 'should have done this and should have done that', so I'm going to take my time to redo it the way I planned to do it in the beginning so I'm just so excited about that. It's going to be ready for the tournament when we play here next year".

Sam Lee was the only other Fijian player to make the cut - he finished in a share of 26th place.