GFC Search

 

Singh making transition to Champions Tour in Hawaii

RSS

Aloha means goodbye.

Of course, the word can also mean hello – and both definitions could be applicable for Vijay Singh, who will transition into the Champions Tour portion of his career next week, making his senior debut at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.

Singh turned 50 on Feb. 24, but eschewed all previous Champions Tour appearances in favor of what is believed to be one final season on the PGA Tour. In 19 starts this season, he made the cut a dozen times, though posted just one finish inside the top-25 – a share of 20th place at the season-opening Sony Open.

It’s been a tumultuous season for other reasons, too.

In February, Sports Illustrated published an article quoting Singh as having admitted using deer antler spray, which contained the banned substance IGF-1. Three months later, the PGA Tour ruled that Singh wasn’t negligent and would not be subject to punishment after the World Anti-Doping Agency removed the substance from its banned list. In turn, Singh filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour, which remains outstanding.

Playing the Champions Tour wouldn’t wash away any awkwardness between the two parties. The senior circuit is owned and operated by the PGA Tour.

'I am very pleased to be playing my first Champions Tour event in Hawai'i at the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship,' Singh said via press release.

The tournament will feature 15 winners on the Champions Tour in 2013 plus Singh. Also in the field are Kenny Perry, Bernhard Langer and David Frost, the current top-three in the tour’s Charles Schwab Cup standings.

While Singh still owns potential eligibility on the PGA Tour through multiple exemption categories, if his full-time Hall of Fame career on the circuit is indeed over, it will have ended with 34 victories. The 2000 Masters champion also remains eligible for that tournament every April.

He was ranked No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005.

In 520 career starts on the PGA Tour, Singh has amassed $67,587,095, good for third on the all-time money list behind only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.