Its About TimeVijay Wins Again


HOUSTON -- As Vijay Singh put it to me in an interview for Inside the PGA Tour, 'Who cares about that! It's all about winning on the PGA Tour.'
Vijay was referring to the question I'd asked about going winless on the PGA Tour since the Masters in 2000, but not necessarily winless worldwide. Vijay, you see, had won a few times in Asia during the time that he'd been dry here in the United States.
Sunday, in the finale at the TPC at the Woodlands, Singh capped a blistering week in which he made just two bogeys and set the Shell Houston Open scoring record at 22-under-par. His six-stroke margin of victory is the largest on the PGA Tour since Joel Edwards won by seven last fall in Vancouver, B.C.
Just for fun, here are some of the other marks set by Singh this week:
  • Six-stroke victory margin - the largest in SHO history;
  • Only third in tourney history to hold/share the 36-hole lead and win;
  • A personal record low 72-hole score of 266;
  • 22-under is his lowest sub-par total;
  • 14-under par on par-4s beats a previous total of 9-under in a
    single event;
  • 24 birdies made ties his total high in a single event.
    For Vijay, the win was huge. And there is no underestimating its importance. Just ask him.
    'What do you think?' asked Singh. 'Yeah, it's been a while, almost two years. And I was wondering when was the next going to come. You can't find a better time for it to come than two weeks before the Masters. It's a wonderful feeling.'
    He's right. This is a huge boost. Last year, Singh posted 14 top-10s, but failed to win on the PGA Tour for the first time since 1996. For Singh, it's not about the money. It's about the titles, and Vijay was quick to point out that this was indeed win No. 10 on the PGA Tour.
    'You always get antsy,' Vijay said. 'I think towards the end of last year I was getting a little bit too agitated about it and wanted to win too bad. It affected my golf game.'
    What has happened now is not great news for the rest of the tour. And for those heading to Augusta in a week's time, they'd better be prepared for a very motivated Singh. Vijay will play Atlanta and then stroll into the year's first major with an enormous about of confidence. Said Singh: 'I can't wait to get out there next week and the week after that.'
    Oh great. Vijay with a smile. Vijay with some juice flowing. Vijay with the fire burning to hit even more balls on the range. That's just what everybody wants to hear, right?
    Singh is clicking again. And the fact that he handled a very strong field (four of the world's top 10) is a message as well. I think the rest of the tour realizes he isn't just the 14th different winner this year. And he isn't a guy who's just going to win and hide for a while. Vijay has world-class talent and the ability to get hot and stay hot.
    Makes for a nice bit of hype for the Masters, don't you think? Tiger, David, Phil and the rest better be ready.