8 Oct 2016

Sport: Giles shows more than book-smarts in Fiji

7:21 am on 8 October 2016

Australian part- time student Matthew Giles is leading the Fiji Golf International at Natadola Bay heading into today's third round.

Turning Pro in 2010 and winning the Vic Open in 2013, Matthew Giles at 27 years of age has elected to spend his winter months studying instead of pursuing an overseas Tour.

"I've been doing a Masters of Commerce at the University of Sydney. I just wanted to do something in addition to golf," said Giles.

But spending time with his head in the books doesn't seem to have affected his talent with the clubs.

Yesterday Giles fired 6-under 66 to lead the Fiji International on 11-under the card.

A win this week would see Giles earn full status on the European Tour until the end of the 2017 season.

Giles goes into the third round of the Fiji International leading by one stroke

Giles goes into the third round of the Fiji International leading by one stroke Photo: PGA Australia

"I think it just comes down to what accessibility you have and what exemptions you have.

"If I keep playing well this week, at the Aussie PGA or any of those co-sanctioned events and I happen to get a card over there, then obviously I'd play, of course," he said.

However before that happens Giles will have to contend with World Number 23 Brandt Snedeker who is lurking just one shot behind him in a tie for second with Anthony Houston.

Fiji's Vijay Singh is way down the field, tied for 42th at 1 over while compatriot Sam Lee is tied for 65th at 3 over.

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