Pearce in front in Fiji

Vijay Singh gets in some practice holes at Natadola Bay

"I did not play like I wanted to previous year", he said. The Aussie Tour co-sanctioning these events means these are great pathways.

"I felt sick on Sunday night, because a South African pulled out and if the Challenge Tour player pulled out I was going to be first or second reserve, I was damned if I do, damned if I don't. It's a great opportunity so if you get a chance, absolutely come and play".

Hend, 44, was tied with first-round leader Daniel Pearce of New Zealand, who shot 71, and Australia's Jason Norris and Malaysia's Gavin Green, who each shot 69.

He delayed a journey to Europe to play in the Dunhill Championship last year to watch the AFL premiers at the MCG in last year's grand final after realising he would have boarded a plane just hours before the first bounce.

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.

However, Ben Campbell has plunged out of contention after holding a share of second place with Australia's Daniel Valente on Thursday.

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Kiwi Daniel Pearce tees off at hole 8 at the Natadola Bay Championship golf course yesterday.

Singh is delighted the idyllic patch he redesigned is getting airplay worldwide yet detoured into his befuddlement that Australia's flagship Open will be played for a $1.25 million purse in Sydney in November. "I think Australia should take a hint from that and come up with a tournament that is better".

US Masters winners Angel Cabrera (-3), Vijay Singh (-1) and Mike Weir (-1) comfortably made the cut.

As course designer, Singh was delighted with the reviews of his redesign yet even he saw the glitch at the tough par-three eighth.

Adam Pengilly is covering the Fiji International as a guest of the PGA of Australia.

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