Singh Doesnt Need Anyone to Tell Him Hes No 1
There's only one problem.
Singh said no.
The reason for his rejection was not entirely clear. One can only guess he doesn't need the exposure because he gets plenty of that whenever he plays. Singh certainly doesn't need the money, not with over $23 million in PGA Tour earnings - and counting - over the last 30 months alone.
Respect? That comes from his peers, and that's all that matters.
Singh has never been more comfortable with who he is, how he plays and where he is going.
'I see how hard he works at home, not only with his game, but with his physical fitness,' said Jim Furyk, who lives down the road from Singh in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 'He lives and breathes golf and has a one-track mind, and no one works harder than him. So, he deserves a lot of success.
'I respect his game and how hard he works, and it's good for a lot of people to emulate.'
Furyk offered this praise after losing to Singh on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Wachovia Championship. That gave Singh his third victory of the year, and his 15th on the PGA Tour dating to his win in the Byron Nelson Championship two years ago.
With two more victories, the 42-year-old Fijian can tie Sam Snead for the most on tour since turning 40.
The only thing missing - at least this week - is the No. 1 ranking. Woods has won six times on the PGA Tour and once in Japan over the same two-year period, yet he remains atop the world ranking by a slim margin.
Singh is no longer bothered by that, either.
The No. 1 ranking means more to players who have never been there (Mickelson), or who haven't been there in ages (Els). Singh is hurt by playing 20 more times over two years than Woods, but why should he take a week off from tournament golf just to see his name atop the ranking?
'I've done away with trying to be No. 1,' he said. 'It seems like I've got to win five times to get up there. I totally forgot about that. That does not cross my mind anymore. I just want to go out there and win golf tournaments.'
Singh can always change his mind about joining the rest of the Big Four in prime time at the Bridges.
For now, the plan is for U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen - currently No. 5 in the world and known these days as Pete Best, the fifth Beatle - to fill out the foursome (that assumes Goosen wants to go from Germany to San Diego to China in a span of four days).
In a way, it's fitting that Singh has turned his back on this battle.
Singh has never spoken publicly about this, but he surely felt snubbed at the Bay Hill Invitational two months ago when Woods, Els and Goosen were grouped together the first two rounds, a draw that didn't happen by accident. Even more peculiar is that tournament host Arnold Palmer never mentioned Singh once during his news conference when the King was asked to compare this crop of stars with the 'Big Three' from his generation.
By the end of the week, Singh was the only one of them with a chance to win Bay Hill. He was tied for the lead with Kenny Perry until he fired a 7-iron right at the flag on No. 18 and came up just short into the water.
After going four months without winning, Singh has won twice in the last three weeks, both times in playoffs by capitalizing on his opponent's mistake - John Daly hit into the water at Houston, Furyk hit into the water at Quail Hollow.
Next up is the Byron Nelson Championship, the first regular PGA Tour event this year with the top five players in the world ranking. Singh believes he is the favorite.
But then, he thinks that every week. And he should.
'When I come to a golf tournament, I feel like I should win the golf tournament the way I play,' he said. 'It doesn't normally happen, but that's the thought.'
He at least gives himself a chance.
Singh already has eight top 10s in his 14 appearances on tour, six of those in the top three.
Furyk's best year came in 2003 when he won the U.S. Open, the Buick Open and had 15 top 10s.
'That's the mark for me of a good year,' he said. 'That's why Vijay is one of the best players in the world, and the reason he has a chance to win 10 times a year, 15 times a year. There aren't many players that are that talented and that good. That's what we all want to do.'
Joey Sindelar had a better definition of Singh.
'Vijay is just relentless,' he said.
He is much more than that right now.
Singh is content with his swing and his place in the game. More than one player this year has marveled at the ease with which the Fijian handles the pressure of a final round, win or lose. Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he is No. 1, or that he should be. He doesn't need the adulation of the press, the public, even his peers.
He knows they're watching.
And he doesn't need a prime-time exhibition for that.
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.
Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”
The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.
“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia
This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.
The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.
Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.
The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.
A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.
And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.
Green jacket tour
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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf
Well, this is a one new one.
According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:
“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”
Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.
“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.
The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.
“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”
The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.
Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.
Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.