Golf - Seven-way tie for lead as Singh struggles in Fiji International

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Golf - Seven-way tie for lead as Singh struggles in Fiji International
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This handout photo taken and released by OneAsia on August 14, 2014 shows Vijay Singh of Fiji hitting a shot on day one of the Fiji International golf tournament at the Natadola Bay Championship golf course in Nadi. The one million USD tournament is part of the OneAsia circuit. AFP PHOTO / Paul Lakatos / OneAsia ----EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Paul Lakatos / OneAsia" - NO MARKETING -- NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (AFP Photo/PAUL LAKATOS)

- 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.

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