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PGA Tour Sleeper: Vijah Singh

Posted By High Fade On Mar 14 2011 @ 12:40 pm In PGA | No Comments

“The Big Fijian” has always been known to adorn the driving ranges and practice greens at every PGA tournament he plays.  “First on and last off” is his trademark motto, as few have been able to keep up with his marathon practice sessions.  As a result, no one questions Singh’s dedication to the game of golf, as at the age of 48, Singh continues a work ethic that not only defies his age but also has brought him the reverence of a great career.

That career includes 58 professional victories, the 1998 & 2004 PGA Championship, 2000 Masters, 2003, 2004, 2008 PGA Money title, the #1 World Golf Ranking throughout 2004 & 2005, and the 2008 FedEx Cup title.  Singh was also elected in to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005, one of only two active PGA Tour players to be elected, the other being Ernie Els in 2010.

In 2008, Singh captured 3 wins and the FedEx Cup title; however he has been winless ever since.  Even though Singh has battled nagging injuries over the past few years, you’ll never find him making any excuses.  What you will find is Singh working diligently on his game until his next breakthrough win.

Speaking of which, thus far in the 2011 PGA Tour season, Singh has found resurgence in his game.  In the 7 tournaments played, Singh has posted four top 25’s, two top 10’s including a 2nd and 3rd place finish.   When you see numbers like that, you know that Singh is trending in the right direction.

Even though tournament wins and Major Championship titles are few and far between for the 40 something’s, Singh is definitely the exception. Since turning 40, Singh has won 22 PGA Tour titles and 1 Major Championship.  At the age of 46, Jack Nicklaus is currently the oldest player to have won a Major (1986 Masters).  Eventually records are meant to be broken, so don’t be surprised if you see Singh eclipse Jack’s ageless record in the next few years or at the very least, secure a hand full more PGA Tour titles for “The Big Fijian”.

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