The man of the hour, Jason Norris has made it big today after winning the Fiji International, co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and The PGA Tour of Australasia. 44- year old Norris could not expect anything much bigger than this, winning it by four strokes over Jazz Janewattananond, David McKenzie & James Marchesani.
Norris who until last week could be seen working at the Grange Orange Club in Adelaide was not looking forward to this surprise as he had decided to leave the game for good.
“Today I felt good, I felt like a champion,” said Norris, who now has his pick of tournaments in Europe and Asia.
“I said a couple of years ago when I was about to quit, that I didn’t want to give it away until I had won a big tournament because I know I can.”
“I told the boss last week that I have probably two years left playing golf and I just want to have a crack. This came up quicker than I thought.”
Jason, who over the week played rounds of 69,68,70 and 67 aggregated a total of 274 for 14 under par and for the win.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s good to see you all on Sunday instead of on Thursday every time,” said Norris, who opened the final round with a birdie and never looked back.
“I think it was just our week, everything aligned and putts dropped and some good shots came, it was amazing.”
Norris admitted he was not feeling that good as he kept on trying different things in three different rounds one of them was changing his grip on three days, which luckily worked for him.
“Today I used backhand grip all day. I putted well with the grip on the back-9 yesterday so I stuck with it,” added Norris.
“I putted sensational all day; even the ones that I three-putted were just bad speed.”
Chasing him were Jazz Janewattananond, David McKenzie & JamesMarchesani, who all fell short of four strokes, Thai Jazz struck a fabulous 64 on the final day to set up the course record, which had an eagle on the par-5, 17th.
David McKenzie played 68, 71, 72 and 67 to finish for a T-2nd with his 278 and 10 under par score. Marchesani who played 71, 70, 67 & 70 over the week, was also tied for the second spot.
Indians at the Fiji International
Rahil Gangjee, Shubhankar Sharma, and S. Chikkarangappa were representing India the Fiji International, Gangjee who led the Indian contingent finished for a T-20th with his 69, 72, 70 & 72 scores over the week, he was T-9th on the first day and was just three strokes back from the leader Daniel Pearce on Day2, Shubhankar who had a dismal start, finished for a T-24th with Jeunghun Wang, Deyen Lawson, Ryan Fox and Scott Hend, who was the co-leader on Day 2.
Chikkarangappa with his scores of 74 and 77 was unable to make the cut for the weekend.
Life Changing for Norris
With his win today, Norris has won AUS $ 237,500, jumped 76 places on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit to second, AU$44,000 behind ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth champion Brett Rumford.