India’s Bhuller Takes Fiji International Top Prize

8th August 2018

Denarau Golf Racquet Club

Indian Gaganjeet Bhuller claimed the Fiji International title over the weekend, after recording an eagle on the 17th hole and setting himself up for a one-shot victory against Australian Anthony Quayle.

Held at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course the 30-year-old made par on the final hole to win with a six-under 66 and 14-under total of 274.

"I was in basically the same place on day two and the flag was on the same side of the green so I had a little bit of an idea that the chip would run a lot," said Bhuller of the shot that give him his ninth win this tour.

"It wasn't an easy chip. I could have settled for an up and down ... but I knew that I would need to go birdie-birdie to have a chance to push for a playoff.

"I think the chip in ... closed the deal."

In the final round Bhuller had maintained a one-stroke lead, starting the round confidently with three birdies in the first four holes before hitting challenging conditions as he made a turn into unfavourable wind.

After making his rounds fourth birdie on the par-five ninth, he was able to save par at the 10th when preventing a downhill slide on the back nine.

"Things were a little bit tough for me but I managed to make a really good par save on 10 and that gave me a really big boost and a lot of confidence," he said.

"After that it was just one shot at a time."

Sinking his fifth birdie on the 13th before chipping on 17 was the moment that gave him the one-stroke lead over Queenslander Quayle.

"I knew somebody would go low," Bhullar said.

"Anthony played really well. Nine-under in these conditions, it's a great, great round of golf."