21 Aug 2017

Sport: Jason Norris triumphs at Fiji International

11:20 am on 21 August 2017

The Australian golfer Jason Norris recorded the biggest win of his career at the Fiji International after finishing four shots clear of the field at 14 under par.

The 44 year old pockets almost $US190,000 for his efforts and earned himself a full European and Asian Tour card.

Jason Norris during the final round.

Jason Norris during the final round. Photo: PGA of Australia

He says everything aligned for him on the final day: the putts dropped and some good shots came his way.

"I played that hole badly all week so to hole a good putt on the first for birdie settled things," he said.

"I just stuck to one shot at a time but I putted really well on the front-9 and that is what gave it to us."

The South Australian turned pro in 1996 and said he always believed he would win a big tournament but admits he was starting to have some doubts.

"I always thought it would but it never did. I said a couple of years ago when I was about to quit, that I didn't want to give it away until I had won a big tournament because I know I can. I said to Ace, that's it I am quitting now (laughs) but he told me not to get too ahead of myself."

Jason Norris is the 2017 Fiji International champion.

Jason Norris is the 2017 Fiji International champion. Photo: PGA of Australia

New Zealander Daniel Pearce was among four players tied for fifth on nine under par, having led after the opening two rounds.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir finished in a share of 35th place at two under, with fellow major winners Angel Cabrera and Fiji's Vijay Singh another shot back in 41st place.