Kiwis miss chance to push for Fiji lead

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 20, 2017

Wade Ormsby smoothed a sensational 6-under-par 66 to hit the top of the third round leaderboard on 10-under 206 in the Fiji International at Nadarola Bay GC, one clear of fellow Australian Jason Norris.

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker, who won last year's tournament by nine strokes, withdrew with a sternum injury after missing last week's U.S. PGA Championship.

"I didn't think I would be in that position after seven holes, I was getting a bit frustrated but the putter started to get a bit hot so I started to move in the right direction". "I missed only two greens but made only two birdies today", he said. You just have to play each shot as it comes and try to control you ball as well as you can.

"I feel like I am playing quite solid, I haven't made many bogeys for the week and once I got my putter going I really started moving forward". Hopefully I can make some tomorrow.

"There's nothing more I'd like to be than on a Presidents Cup team this year", Hend said. It was nice and warm.

Big-hitting Queenslander Scott Hend, who shared the overnight lead with Norris and two others, is equal fourth after salvaging a frustrating day by making birdies on the final two holes.

Prior to the tournament teeing off at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, Hend stated his goal for the week was to prove his value as a Captain's selection onto the International Team.

"With that in mind, there are no two ways about it, I have to perform, if I don't perform I won't get picked".

"Everyone is going to get a bad bounce out there occasionally and I managed to get six in a row on the back-9 that didn't really go my way".

National No. 1 Gavin Kyle Green continued his impressive debut in the Fiji International after firing a bogey-free three-under 69 to be in a four-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage.

There are 15 players within five shots of the lead and on a course that has given up several low scores this week a thrilling Sunday awaits.

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