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Four days after playing a major part in the United States winning the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, Brandt Snedeker is targeting a first European and AustralasianTour title in the Fiji International.

Snedeker won all three of his matches at Hazeltine as the home side ran out 17-11 winners to inflict Europe's heaviest defeat in the biennial contest for 35 years.

But the 35-year-old had little time to celebrate before making the journey to Natadola Bay Golf Club in Fiji, where he plans to mix business with pleasure.

"As great as last week was, it's a completely different week and I have to get my head on straight and get ready to play here," said Snedeker.

"You're only as good as your last round so you realise after a day that it's going to be a whole new tournament. I didn't come over here to play bad, I came over here to have a good time.

"At the end of the day this is about professional pride; I've got to get my name on that leaderboard and shoot as low as I possibly can all week here."

Snedeker will at least be hoping to play better than on his last appearance in a regular European Tour event, when he carded an opening 84 in the Australian PGA Championship last December

"You need to have a slap in the face and make sure that you're working on the right stuff and take the tail between your legs and go home, readjust," he added.

"Guys out here are used to having struggles. You need to struggle to get your mind right and get back to work. It made me get motivated, get back to work.

"It's funny how you go from shooting 84 down there to playing some of the best golf of my life. That's part of how this game is so crazy."

Home favourite Vijay Singh is also in the field and the 53-year-old would become the oldest winner in European Tour history by more than three years if he can claim victory on home soil.

"I'm really happy with my game," said the former world number one, who was second in the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National in June. "I'm striking the ball the way I want to, I just need to get some results and hopefully that can start over here.

"This year I've been giving a lot more attention to the golf and a little less to the design side. I used to come over here and see what I could fix but this year I'm more focused on just playing the tournament and we'll see if I can pull it off."

A host of Australian golfers will also line up in the event with Queenslander Steven Bowditch looking to put a horror season on the US PGA Tour behind him as he starts his summer of golf.

Bowditch has dropped to world No. 187 on the back of a 2016 season that has seen him only finish inside the top 10 once and miss 14 cuts in 22 events.

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