13 Sep

Fiji to play host to Australasian tour

By Darren

THE PGA Tour of Australasia will this afternoon announce a new tournament in Fiji, a key part of its future strategy and schedule.

The $US1 million Fiji International will be played at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course for the first time in August next year.

But from 2015 it will be played in closer proximity with the Australian Open and Australian PGA championships, effectively making it a key part of Asian golf for the first time.

The tournament, to be co-sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour, is expected to help attract players from around the world who want to take in the South Pacific before heading to Australia for our other key tournaments.

The event will be televised to more than 400 million people globally, helping the Fijian government make the decision to be its chief backer and the tournament the largest sporting event on the island nation.

Natadola Bay, which opened in 2009, is on the Coral Coast on the main island, Viti Levu.

The course is renowned for its sparkling backdrop of coral reefs and 15 of the 18 holes with views of the Pacific.