Turning Professional in 2004, World Number 23 Brandt Snedeker is an eight time winner on the PGA TOUR.Snedeker’s most recent victory came in February this year in America but he is hungry to add another title to his resume.
“I am excited to be coming to play in the Fiji International. I enjoy competing all over the world but this will be my first time playing a golf tournament in Fiji,” said Snedeker.
“I will try not to get too distracted by the beauty of Fiji as I would love to win another golf tournament this year.”
The Fiji International is fast earning a positive reputation amongst the best golfers in the world with 2015 champion, Matt Kuchar’s positive endorsement helping lure Snedeker to the Pacific paradise.
“Matt returned from the Fiji International saying such fantastic things about the tournament that I decided I needed to come,” added Snedeker.
“He told me all about the beauty and challenge of the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course but also the friendly people and the fun things to do away from the golf course, so I am also bringing my family.”
“Hopefully just like Matt I win the Fiji International. What could be better than combining a family holiday with winning a European Tour tournament?”
With the Fiji International now co-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour, Snedeker is the first of a strong line up of players anticipated to confirm their participation.
“The Fiji International field grows in strength every year and it is a credit to the tournament that a player the calibre of Brandt Snedeker is coming to play,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“A highly talented and skilled competitor, Brandt is sure to put on an exciting display for fans who attend the tournament and the 400 million homes around the globe that will watch the 20 hours of live broadcast.”
The people of Fiji are looking forward to welcoming Snedeker and his family with their signature friendly nature.
“We very much look forward to having Mr. Snedeker headline the Fiji International,” said Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya.
“This event serves as an opportunity for Fiji to showcase our world-class hospitality and natural beauty on the global stage, and this year’s event bears special significance due to the devastation wrought on Fiji by Cyclone Winston. Adding Mr. Snedeker to the competition will help us send our message to an even wider audience that Fiji is open for business and that we are truly ‘Stronger than Winston’,” he said.
The Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from 6-9 October with tickets on sale shortly.
The inaugural Fiji International in 2014 signalled Fiji’s official arrival onto the global golfing stage, with the Fijian Government, Fijian Tourism and Fiji’s number one player, Vijay Singh, all making a push to put their country on the lucrative world golfing map.
In 2015, the Fiji International established a reputation amongst the world’s best golfers as a must-attend event for themselves and their families.
This year, the Fiji International will expand its global presence and confirm its position as an integral tournament in the South Pacific region.
The tournament also boasts some of the most unique hospitality options in world golf with the par-3 4th hole providing the perfect vantage point to watch the golf, whilst socialising on the beach.
More than just a golf tournament, the Fiji International aims to leave a lasting legacy for golf in the Pacific region, with the PGA of Australia supporting initiatives to introduce and grow the game in Fiji.
The Fiji International is proudly supported by InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as the official resort of the tournament until 2017.