- Australians performed strongly as the first round of the inaugural Fiji International at Natadola Bay ended with a seven-way split for the lead on Thursday.
Of those on four-under-par 68, six were Australian -- Stephen Dartnall, Rhein Gibson, Jason Scrivener, Andrew Dodt, David McKenzie and Jake Higginbottom -- along with Wang Ming-hao of China.
Higginbottom said conditions at the US$1 million tournament were perfect. "We got a little bit lucky with the weather, which allowed us to get scores like that," he said.
Local hero Vijay Singh, a three-time major champion who designed the course, ended the day well off the pace with a one-over 73, leaving him 52nd in the tournament, which is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia.
"For some reason my driver wasn't working," he said.