vijayVijay Singh was out on course early this morning and has started the Fiji International with a solid first round.

Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course offered up perfect scoring condition this morning which had was in stark contrast to last year.

“The course is playing nice and it’s a beautiful day so it’s been nice,” said Singh.

“It’s much more enjoyable to play. No howling winds so at least you can control your ball and get the right club for a change.”

“Hopefully the conditions stay like this and if it gets any windier than I’ll have to deal with it.”

Singh fired 2-under 70 and is happy to build his tournament from here.

“I played very solid. Made a couple of little errors so it could have been one or two shots better but a first round 70 is not bad,” added Singh.

“I missed a very short putt on five and there were a couple more out there where I had chances but I guess everybody is going to miss some today.”

With the favourable weather conditions Singh, who holds the course record at 65, believes a low round will be fired today.

“I think the scores are going to be low today. Some pins are in spots that I’ve never seen them before because the wind conditions are down so they can play different pins,” added Singh.

“I think it’s good for the tournament if they are able do that.”

“It’s only the first day, there’s a long way to go and in conditions like this you’re supposed to shoot low.”

After his first round Singh is tied 19th and trails leader Stephen Leaney by four shots.