A Spring Song to Singh

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Theres a simian-like creature running wild through the greater Houston area. For a complete description, please see Vijay Singh. That monkey was attached to his back for nearly two years.
 
Singh snapped a 24-month winless drought on the PGA Tour Sunday by winning the Shell Houston Open.
 
Singh shot 4-under 68 to better Darren Clarke (71) by six strokes for his 10th career tour title, and his first since donning the green jacket in 2000. The Fijian established a tournament record by finishing at 22-under-par 266, four shots lower than the previous best, set by Curtis Strange at The Woodlands Country Club in 1980.
 
'It's been almost two years; I was wondering when the next one would come,' said Singh, who earned $720,000. 'It couldn't be at a better time, two weeks before the Masters.'
 
He's the 14th straight different winner on tour, the longest such stretch since 1994 (20).
 
Singh shot a second-round 65 to take a two-shot lead into the weekend. He extended that advantage to three with a Saturday 66, and then continued to distance himself Sunday.
 
He birdied the first hole of the day and cemented his lead on No. 13 when Clarke hit his tee shot out of bounds. The burly Northern Irishman managed to save par, but Singh two-putted for birdie.
 
He went on to add a final birdie at the 15th, while Clarke bogeyed the 17th.
 
It was 46 starts ago that Singh won the Masters Tournament. Last season, he earned eight top-5 finishes and over $3.4 million, but no trophies ' at least not in the States. He did win twice in Asia.
 
He entered Houston with a trio of top-10s under his belt this season, but was coming off a horribly disappointing missed cut in last weeks Players Championship. Singh lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, and practices religiously at the TPC at Sawgrass. And even though he nearly won the title there in 01, Singh opened in 76 and never recovered.
 
'You always get antsy when you don't win, it's just a matter of how you handle it,' Singh said. 'Last year, I got a little antsy and this year I decided to just concentrate on playing. Today, I wanted to play a solid round and that's what I did.'
 
Next year, the event will be played at Redstone Golf Club, ending a 27-year relationship with The Woodlands.
 
Full-field scores from the Shell Houston Open