It was the putt nobody saw coming – except American Matt Kuchar it seems.

Kuchar was one of the many golfers braving gale-force winds during the opening round of the Fiji International today when the absolute bizarre took place on the par-4 second hole,

After leaving his putt well short, Kuchar stood back and watched the wind literally blow his ball into the hole.

“I gave it a second, because I knew my putt earlier had rolled backwards, and sure enough the wind finally took it and blew it right back into the hole,” said Kuchar.

“I’m not sure I have ever witnessed that, I always thought that it could happen, so it was kind of fun that it happened to me today.”

New Zealander Josh Geary leads the Fiji International after a windswept first round.

Playing in one of the last groups of the day, Geary stormed home with two birdies in his last four holes to shoot an even par 72.

Geary was the only player in the first round to shot even par with his nearest competitors two shots further back.

“All in all it was a hard day and I’m pretty happy with 72,” said Geary who has notched up three victories on the PGA TOUR China this year.

“It’s always good when your winning and I think today a lot of that was freed up and just be able to play the game without having to get to tied up with how hard it was.

“I just went out there and did what I could with what I had.”


Alistair Presnell , Daniel Nisbet, R.J. Caracella and Australian Masters Champion Nick Cullen also join Kuchar tied second on 2-over 74.

Rounding out the top-10 on 3-over the card are Peter Cooke, James Nitties, Scott Laycock and Mathew Goggin.

Meanwhile Antonio Murdaca in his Pro debut finished the first round on 4-over the card after briefly co-leading with Kuchar.

The first round was suspended due to darkness with two groups still to finish their rounds tomorrow morning at 6.30am. Round 2 will commence at 6.15am as scheduled.


  • Written with PGA of Australia