NATADOLA – India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar chipped in from off the green to record an eagle on the 17th hole to propel himself to a one-shot victory in the Fiji International over Australia’s Anthony Quayle at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on Sunday.
The 30-year-old’s eagle gave him the lead over the Queenslander, who shot an impressive nine-under 63 while playing with South African great Ernie Els.
Bhullar made par on the final hole, leaving his birdie putt a matter of inches short, to finish with a six-under 66 and 14-under total of 274 to give him his ninth win on the Asian tour.
Quayle finished on 275, while Els shot a seven-under 65 to tie for third with New Zealand’s Ben Campbell. Both finished on 12-under 276.
“I was in basically the same place on day two and the flag was on the same side of the green so I had a little bit of an idea that the chip would run a lot,” Bhullar said of the tournament-winning shot on the par-five 17th.
“It wasn’t an easy chip, but in the end it really closed the deal.”