8th August 2018
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."