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Player Profile

Vijay Singh

Earlier this year, when his run of 12 consecutive top-tens came to an end, Vijay Singh said that after a short break he would start another run and although it is early days, two victories in the last two weeks following on from tied-sixth in the Masters is a pretty good start. In 2003 he achieved his aim of topping the Money List ($7,573,907) and at the moment it looks like he could do just about anything he puts his mind to. Currently leading the 2004 Money List on $4,267,866 it is not unreasonable to suspect that he aims to do it again this year. In this short feature we can only give the highlights of his career so far but there is a link to his full PGA bio at the foot of the page.
EXEMPT STATUS: Winner, 2000 Masters (through 2005)
FULL NAME: Vijay  Singh
HEIGHT: 6-2
WEIGHT: 198
BIRTHDATE: February 22, 1963
BIRTHPLACE: Lautoka, Fiji
RESIDENCE: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
FAMILY: Wife, Ardena Seth; Qass Seth (6/19/90)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Snooker, cricket, rugby, soccer
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1982
JOINED TOUR: Spring 1993


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2004  AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. (This would have been the cover photo if Golfing Weekly's first issue was one week earlier) - Getty Images

In his eleven years on the PGA Tour, Singh has picked up 18 titles; 1993  Buick Classic.  1995   Phoenix Open,  Buick Classic.  1997  Memorial Tournament,   Buick Open.  1998  PGA Championship,  Sprint International.   1999  Honda Classic.  2000  Masters Tournament.  2002   Shell Houston Open,  THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.  2003   Phoenix Open,  EDS Byron Nelson Championship,  John Deere Classic,   FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort.  2004  AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am,  Shell Houston Open,  HP Classic of New Orleans.

He has won two of the four major tournaments and since turning pro has won 40 titles in total, 22 of them outside the USA.

In fact, he has won titles just about everywhere in the golfing world including Malaysia, France, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Spain, Germany, England, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Canada and of course, U.S.A.

Of Indian ancestry, his first name means "victory" in Hindi and he certainly lives up to his name. Vijay Singh is a winner, a true champion and is respected throughout the world of golf as one of the greats of the current era.


2000 Masters Tournament - Getty Images

On a final note, regarding the current system of calculating the World Golf Rankings. If one modification was made to the system, whereby everything else stayed the same (i.e. same multiple of points, reducing value of points over 2 years, etc.) but only the most recent 40 events were taken into account and the average points for those 40 events was calculated, then instead of being 2.14 points behind Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh would be 1.64 points in front. Not surprising then, that I have seen him referred to this week as the best golfer in the world right now.

 

For more information about Vijay Singh,
read his full bio at http://www.pgatour.com/players/bio/132108

 

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Article by Andy Smith

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