Suva - Favourite Brandt Snedeker equalled the Natadola Bay
course record to move into second place on Friday at the European
Tour-sanctioned Fiji International.
The American shot a seven-under-par 65 to finish the day one
shot behind Australia's Matthew Giles heading into the weekend.
The world number 23, fresh from helping the United States
end an eight-year Ryder Cup drought, said his bogey-free round put him in a
"I told myself going out this morning 5-under or better
would put me right where I want to be," he said.
"To go out and shoot seven, I know I don't have the
lead, I think I'm one back, but I'm comfortable where I am going into the
weekend, there's a lot of golf left."
Hometown hero Vijay Singh ended the day 11th on the leader
board after a disappointing three-over-par 75.
The three-time major champion said he struggled in windy
"The first three holes were fine, then it started to
blow," he said.
"It was hard making putts, standing over short putts,
it just becomes so difficult when conditions are like this."
The $1.1 million tournament is co-sanctioned by the
Australasian PGA and, for the first time this year, the European Tour.
Leading second-round scores in the European Tour's Fiji International
at the par-72 Natadola course on Friday (Australian unless stated):
133 - Matthew Giles 67-66
134 - Brandt Snedeker (USA) 69-65, Anthony Houston 65-69
136 - Jake Higginbottom 66-70
137 - Aaron Pike 67-70
138 - Matthew Griffin 68-70, Brett Rankin 69-69, Inhoi Hur (KOR) 71-67, Aaron Wilkin 67-71, Stephen Leaney 66-72
139 - Daniel Fox 70-69, Brad Shilton 69-70, Lukas Nemacz (AUT) 70-69, Aron Price 69-70
140 - Peter Wilson 72-68, Gary Paddison (NZL) 76-64, Andrew Evans 70-70, Josh Younger 71-69, Ben Eccles 69-71