New Zealand's Pierce takes early lead in Fiji

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Daniel Pearce has taken the first round lead at the Fiji International with fellow Kiwi Ben Campbell hot on his heels.

The Fiji International will tee off on Thursday 17th August with the champion to be crowned on Sunday 20th August.

"You're damned if you do, damned if you don't to come over", Valente said.

"Little bit of an attitude adjustment to start off to try and enjoy it a little more, it's a pretty good job that we've got out here so not make things out like it's the worst job we've got".

The three-time major victor created the stir on Thursday when questioned about the PGA Tour of Australasia's role in widening its footprint by developing the Fiji International at the ocean-fringed Natadola Bay golf course. So it became really hard to hold the green when hitting the right distance for your second shot.

Pearce struggled through the back nine after dropping three shots in the first two holes, lifting with two late birdies to turn one over the card.

With the hole playing downwind, players had enormous difficulty holding the green with five, six and seven irons and bogeys aplenty were racked up with balls hopping down the bank behind the hard, newly laid green.

"It's the first global trip my wife has been on [since the birth] so it's good to have them both [including daughter Lola] over here with me".

"I think Australia should take a hint and come up with a tournament that is better (in terms of prizemoney)".

"I missed a lot of putts but I still walk off the golf course with six under and in a good position at the halfway mark", he added.

"This tournament has more prize money than the Australian Open - that's ridiculous really".

Singh is one of three former US Masters champions in the Fiji International field, which also features Mike Weir (-1) and Angel Cabrera (even).

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