Fiji International 2018: This week's course and current form guide

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Andy Swales brings you the stats ahead of this week's Fiji International, which tees-off in the South Pacific on Thursday ...

"Regarding current form, no one in this week’s field can compare with South African Justin Harding, who has won four times in six starts."

The European Tour makes a rare trip to the southern hemisphere to tri-sanction the Fiji International.

This will be the third successive year in which the Fiji International at Natadola Bay will have been sanctioned by the tours of Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Natadola Bay opened for business in June 2009 and seven years later was given a significant makeover by Vijay Singh - the architect who had also designed the original layout.

The 55-year-old, three-time major champion, made changes to 10 holes of a course which sits in the south-east corner of the island.

The Fiji International was first held over Natadola's rolling fairways in 2014, and this coastal layout will be at the mercy of the elements should the wind decide to blow this weekend.

Once again, there are few European-based pros teeing-up, with the majority of entries coming from Australia and New Zealand, along with a sizeable contingent from the Asian Tour.

Generally, however, quality is thin on the ground at this stunning South Pacific venue.

Top Contender

Regarding current form, no one in this week's field can compare with Justin Harding, who has won four times in six starts.

The South African world No 99 has won twice on the Asian Tour, as well as a brace of victories on home soil on the Sunshine Tour.

Others to have performed well in recent weeks, albeit in lower-ranked tournaments staged on some of the less high-profile Tours in world golf, are John Catlin, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Scott Vincent, Johannes Veerman and Mark Brown.

Bhullar and Veerman have posted four successive top-12 finishes on the Asian Tour.

Good Course History

As for those with a strong history at Natadola Bay, Michael Sim, Aron Price and Josh Geary are the only golfers teeing-up with three top-20 finishes in the Fiji International.

All three are currently outside the world's top 800, with Sim competing for the first time this calendar year, while Price hasn't played since early March.

One golfer who will fancy his chances this week is young Thai Jazz Janewattananond.

The 22-year-old finished second here last year, on his Natadola debut, and is a two-time winner in Asia - most recently five weeks ago.

More experienced than Janewattananond is 44-year-old Aussie Scott Hend who's most recent two starts on the European Tour yielded top-20 finishes in Scotland and Germany.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21 W20 W19
Justin Harding 1 18 1 6 1 1
Jazz Janewattananond MC MC 2 1 32 6 4 37 MC
John Catlin 10 31 1 56 5 47 1 4
Gaganjeet Bhullar 10 5 11 2 53 55
Lucas Herbert 29 51 MC MC 49 41 3
Scott Vincent 2 7 6 28 6 59 MC
Scott Hend 19 14 MC 44 7 6 14 MC
Poom Saksansin 47 25 13 15 2 41 14
Gavin Green 61 19 MC MC 73 MC* 52 34
Dimitrios Papadatos 59 62 4 MC 12 20 31 17 1
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC 11 37 MC MC
Michael Hendry MC 44 23 2 MC MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 14 MC MC 49 MC 30 MC MC MC
Shiv Kapur 2 70 MC Wd
Andrew Dodt 54 MC 72 MC MC 51 MC
Minchel Choi MC 34 1 59 17 MC MC MC
Justin Walters 45 23 MC MC 9 3 22 34
Anthony Quayle 55 15 Dq MC
Yikeun Chang MC 33 MC 45 MC MC MC
Ben Campbell 42 20 33 21 24 43 2
Rattanon Wannasrichan 9 43 19 45 MC 59 64
Jbe Kruger MC* 11 MC 13 MC 3 MC 41
Matthew Millar 11 MC* 31 MC 58
Alejandro Canizares MC MC
Ashun Wu MC Dq MC 47 60 64 MC
Nick Cullen MC* MC 13 45 12 34 26
Simon Hawkes
Daniel Nisbet Wd MC MC 60
Marcus Fraser Wd MC MC 19 MC MC 34 MC
Pavit Tangkamolprasert MC MC 20 3 57 13 1
Johannes Veerman 10 6 7 10 MC MC
Prom Meesawat 6 20 13 24 17 12
Masahiro Kawamura 39 MC 51 38 23 2 39
Jordan Zunic 42 MC MC MC MC MC MC 65 MC
Rhein Gibson MC MC 41 26 MC MC 14 42 MC 62
Matthew Griffin MC 12 27 MC 3
James Nitties
David Bransdon 33 56 MC 30 MC MC
Bowen Xiao MC MC MC MC 27 12
Mark Brown 14 16 6
Jason Norris MC MC MC MC MC* MC MC MC
Ben Eccles MC MC 11 MC 23 14 MC
Callan O`Reilly 49
Travis Smyth 14 53 30 MC MC MC MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai MC MC 20 MC 73 11 30 31 20
Harrison Endycott MC 5
Go Woong Choi MC 26 69 MC 33 67 23 55
Ashley Hall
Jake Higginbottom MC MC 35 21 MC 13
Jake McLeod 2 35
Adam Blyth MC MC Wd MC 60 2 MC
Jarin Todd 10 20 MC 21 MC 24
Richard T Lee 26 MC Wd 17 40 23 MC
Siddikur Rahman MC 40 30 62 MC 55 43 26
Chien-Yao Hung 27 20 MC MC 31
Steven Jeffress MC 13 MC 50 MC 21 60
Stephen Leaney 53
Deyen Lawson MC
Terry Pilkadaris 56 MC MC
Daniel Fox 28 20 43
James Marchesani MC 25 MC 60 MC
Jarryd Felton MC
Vijay Singh 56 69
Daniel Im MC MC MC MC MC* MC* MC MC 48
Yan Wei Liu 14 53 40 MC MC 15 MC 31 43
Michael Long 16
Cory Crawford MC MC
Arnond Vongvanij 64 59 MC 56 MC MC 63 14
Ernie Els MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Todd Sinnott 56 MC MC MC
Soomin Lee MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Michael Sim
Gareth Paddison MC 40 17 50 56 68 MC 49 56
Daniel Pearce
Daniel Gale
Damien Jordan
Wei-Chih Lu 28 35 43 MC 55 31
Chiragh Kumar MC 63 MC MC 71 47 MC
Jack Wilson 42 MC MC MC Wd 12 22
Aron Price
Andrew Martin 70 35 55 MC 38 5
Josh Younger 14 MC MC 68 38 Wd 8
Josh Geary 61 MC MC 51 10 MC
Nick Voke MC 39
David Smail
Max McCardle
Jack Munro MC 13 Wd MC 59 MC 58 MC MC MC
Thitiphun Chuayprakong MC MC 35 65 MC 2
Brett Rankin MC
Shih-Chang Chan 70 MC MC 43 55 MC MC MC MC
Harry Bateman
Darren Beck
Richard Green MC MC MC
Dale Brandt-Richards 6
Kieran Muir 70
Michael Wright
Tim Stewart
Braden Becker
Peter Wilson
Adam Burdett
Rory Bourke
Taylor MacDonald
Ryan Chisnall
Aaron Pike
Antonio Murdaca
Matthew Stieger 70 40 20 MC MC 31
Matt Jager
Nick Flanagan MC
Tim Hart
David Micheluzzi
Scott Strange MC MC 58 42 MC 40
Adam Stephens
Brad Moules
Aaron Townsend MC 56 40
Dinesh Chand
Ben Clementson
Bill Suguturaga
Tomasi Tuivuna
Sam Lee
Jordan Mullaney
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014
Justin Harding
Jazz Janewattananond 2
John Catlin
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Lucas Herbert MC MC
Scott Vincent 9
Scott Hend 24
Poom Saksansin 41
Gavin Green 63
Dimitrios Papadatos 30 75 42 21
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Michael Hendry MC 2 32
Phachara Khongwatmai 12
Shiv Kapur
Andrew Dodt 35 3
Minchel Choi
Justin Walters
Anthony Quayle 53
Yikeun Chang MC
Ben Campbell 47 21 MC
Rattanon Wannasrichan MC
Jbe Kruger 55
Matthew Millar MC 21 MC
Alejandro Canizares
Ashun Wu MC
Nick Cullen 3 27
Simon Hawkes
Daniel Nisbet 63 MC 10 35
Marcus Fraser
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
Johannes Veerman MC
Prom Meesawat
Masahiro Kawamura 48
Jordan Zunic MC MC
Rhein Gibson 53
Matthew Griffin 7 MC
James Nitties 47 46 31
David Bransdon 24 45 35
Bowen Xiao
Mark Brown 12 46 31 57
Jason Norris 1 60 MC 50
Ben Eccles 7
Callan O`Reilly 59 MC 48 48
Travis Smyth
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Harrison Endycott
Go Woong Choi
Ashley Hall 41 MC
Jake Higginbottom MC 7 2
Jake McLeod 12 MC
Adam Blyth 30 33 18 27
Jarin Todd
Richard T Lee 47 45
Siddikur Rahman MC
Chien-Yao Hung 55
Steven Jeffress MC 38 18 1
Stephen Leaney 20 29 MC 40
Deyen Lawson 24 24
Terry Pilkadaris 16 3
Daniel Fox 30 7 18 50
James Marchesani 2
Jarryd Felton 9 MC MC
Vijay Singh 41 21 3 10
Daniel Im
Yan Wei Liu MC
Michael Long 20 38 MC MC
Cory Crawford MC MC
Arnond Vongvanij
Ernie Els
Todd Sinnott 30 29 38
Soomin Lee MC
Michael Sim 16 38 10 6
Gareth Paddison 9 24 MC MC
Daniel Pearce 5 MC
Daniel Gale
Damien Jordan 35 38
Wei-Chih Lu MC
Chiragh Kumar
Jack Wilson MC 38 MC
Aron Price 12 18 2
Andrew Martin 35 54 MC
Josh Younger MC 21 15
Josh Geary 16 12 15 45
Nick Voke
David Smail MC MC 12
Max McCardle MC 12 10 MC
Jack Munro MC
Thitiphun Chuayprakong 59
Brett Rankin MC 12 MC
Shih-Chang Chan
Harry Bateman 16 MC MC
Darren Beck MC MC
Richard Green
Dale Brandt-Richards 30 75
Kieran Muir 66 MC 48
Michael Wright MC 26 35
Tim Stewart
Braden Becker 46
Peter Wilson 5 24 8
Adam Burdett MC
Rory Bourke MC 55 65
Taylor MacDonald 41 55 MC
Ryan Chisnall
Aaron Pike 55 42
Antonio Murdaca MC MC 42
Matthew Stieger 35
Matt Jager MC MC
Nick Flanagan MC
Tim Hart 68 46 MC
David Micheluzzi
Scott Strange 40
Adam Stephens MC MC
Brad Moules MC MC
Aaron Townsend 68 55 MC MC
Dinesh Chand MC MC MC MC
Ben Clementson MC 61
Bill Suguturaga MC MC
Tomasi Tuivuna MC MC
Sam Lee 47 33 26 MC
Jordan Mullaney 74
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