Jason Norris cruised to the 2017 Fiji Open title on Sunday, finishing four shots clear of the competition. The top 10 was made up of no fewer than seven Australians, along with two players from New Zealand and Thailand's Atiwit Janewattananond.
The latter took a share of second place with a superb round of eight-under golf on Sunday but never came close to threatening Norris.
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Norris started the final day from a position of strength and never allowed the pack to threaten him, playing a round of five-under golf to card his best score of the tournament.
The 44-year-old did register three bogeys but more than made up for it with eight birdies, doing the bulk of his damage on the front nine. His work from the tee in particular was impressive, and he seemed relaxed from the opening hole.
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As reported by Jim Tucker of the Courier Mail, the win was an unlikely one for Norris, who earned $250,000 for his troubles. As he told the reporter, he came very close to quitting the game altogether:
"It's taken me 21 years to have a win like this.
"I always thought I would, but I never did.
"I said it a couple of years ago when I was about to quit, I don't want to give the game away until I win a big tournament because I know I can. I would have become a forklift driver."
Janewattananond's score of eight-under 64 was a course record, but it wasn't enough to catch up to the Australian. The emerging talent did manage to tie Australian duo David McKenzie and James Marchesani for second place, a remarkable achievement for the 21-year-old.
The Thai took his first Asian Tour win at the Bangladesh Open earlier this year, and his strong finish to the Fiji Open indicates big things are in store for Janewattananond.
Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe was the only member of the top 20 not to represent Australia, New Zealand or Thailand, taking a share of ninth place with a final round of one-under.