Snedeker shows his class at Fiji International
Brandt Snedeker is one step closer to following in the footsteps of Ryder Cup team mate and 2015 Fiji International Champion Matt Kuchar as he takes a three shot lead into the final round of the 2016 Fiji International.
Starting round three one shot off the lead, Snedeker made his presence known on a challenging day where his experience shone through.
Brandt Snedeker (Credit: PGA Australia)
“It was it was a tough day. It was also a day where you want to go real low,” said Snedeker. “Starting the day out I was trying to shoot a couple under par. I did a great job of hanging in there.”
Snedeker fired 2-under 70 as the ubiquitous winds synonymous with Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course impacted the entire field.
While Snedeker was a part of the winning Ryder Cup team last week, tomorrow he chases his first win since the Farmers Insurance Open in February.
Playing alongside Snedeker were Anthony Houston and second round leader Matthew Giles. Snedeker sang the praises of the young player’s determination and ability to hold on during the harsh day.
“They went out there and did a great job of staying patient and kind of hanging in there and I was really impressed.”
Despite shooting 1-over today, Houston was also pleased with his mental approach on course, continuing to grind rather than let the day defeat him.
Tomorrow Houston will play with Snedeker again but the pressure will be even more enhanced. He will be chasing a win in the hopes that he will join his best mate and Australian PGA Champion Nathan Holman on the European Tour.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t know what was up for grabs at the end of this,” added Houston.
“Nathan and I have been best mates since we were 12, coming through the same golf club. I know I can play as good as him (Nathan Holman) on his day but his bad days are just more consistent.”
“So I’ve just got to make mine the same and I think that’s just what I did today.”
At 8-under the card Matthew Giles is outright third after shooting 3-over the card in round three.
New Zealanders Michael Hendry and Gareth Paddison round out the top-5 on 7-under the card.
The final round of the Fiji International tees off at 8am with the final group of Matthew Giles, Anthony Houston and Brandt Snedeker are on course at 10am.