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Kuchar all class at Fiji International

Matt Kuchar may well have earned a significant fee and been afforded a holiday for his extended family for competing at the Fiji International this week but it is one thing to be the recipient of those rewards but another to fully justify such riches with a magnificent performance.

This week the American did both, winning the Fiji International by four shots over Australian Aron Price with New Zealander Ryan Fox, Fijian Vijay Singh and South Australian Nick Cullen another shot further back in a share of 3rd position.

Kuchar had been a member of the US Presidents Cup team last week in Korea and so his effort to sustain such quality golf in such demanding conditions after the intensity of last week’s battles made his effort all the more meritorious.

On a day where conditions were the best of the week, Kuchar quickly consolidated his overnight two shot lead over Price with an outward nine of 33 and he had the luxury of an even par back nine to still win by four.

“Its been a great week,” said the winner. “It’s been so much fun to have the family here and have Dad caddying for me. To finish on top has really made it an excellent week, one I’m sure I’ll never forget. “Winning is a hard thing to do regardless of where you are, US PGA or Fiji, there are great players everywhere.

“I knew I had to play some really good golf to try and have a chance at this title and I played some great golf this week. I was excited to come out on top.”

Price, originally from Sydney but now based in the US, has played the Web.Com Tour and occasionally the PGA Tour over the last few years without a lot of success but he has shown there on occasions and when home in this part of the world by winning the 2013 NSW Open and recording other good finishes in PGA Tour of Australasia events.

His runner-up finish earns him just over A$100,000. Singh (65) and Fox (67) recorded the two best rounds of the week today to share 3rd position with South Australian Nick Cullen.

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