Brandt Snedeker heads into the final round of the Fiji International with a three-shot lead after battling the wind to get to 12-under par.
Anthony Houston and Matthew Giles are Snedeker’s nearest challengers, at 9-under and 8-under par respectively, but both fired over-par third rounds to distance themselves from the American at Natadola Bay Golf Club.
Snedeker shot rounds of 69 and 65 during the first rounds of the tournament and backed those up with a steady round of 70 before heading into the final day.
The American has a three-shot cushion ahead of the field and if he was to hold off and win, America would have back-to-back wins in the event after Matt Kuchar was the only player to finish under par in the 2015 event to claim the title.
Snedeker is fresh off his country’s Ryder Cup win against Europe last week and has wasted no time in finding form. The eight-time tour winner won three points out of three matches for his team last week and impressed in the wind yesterday by making three birdies and only one bogey.
The 35-year-old has played some stellar golf over the first three days and the European Tour showed that he enjoyed a run of 49 blemish-free holes over the first three days.
“It was a tough day, I did a great job of hanging in there. I hit the ball really well off the tee with one exception and put the ball where I needed to all day,” Snedeker said.”
“A three-shot lead in wind like this is one hole so I need to go out there and play a solid round of golf like I did today.”
“If you’d have told me I’d shoot a couple under I probably would have taken it tough as the conditions are.”
Giles started the day with the lead on his own, but a bogey at the first dropped him back in a share of the lead with Snedeker.
27-year-old Giles suffered another bogey on the fifth and Houston, recovering from a bogey on the second, made his second bogey of the day on the sixth and this gave Snedeker the lead.
The American then made a nice birdie on the ninth, but Houston suffered again and made bogey. Snedeker now had a three-shot lead.
Houston in the end, signed for a 73 whilst Giles had to settle for a disappointing round of 75, all out-classed by a well-worked 70 for Snedeker.
Home favourite, Vijay Singh, sits at 1-over par after a third 72, coupled with rounds of 70 and 75 puts the veteran fourteen shots back and out of contention.