53 Facts About Vijay Singh


Vijay Singh, nicknamed "The Big Fijian", is a Fijian professional golfer.

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Vijay Singh has won 34 events on the PGA Tour, including three major championships: one Masters title and two PGA Championships.

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Vijay Singh is the first person of South Asian descent to win a major championship.

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Vijay Singh was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Vijay Singh was the 12th man to reach the world No 1-ranking and was the only new world No 1 in the 2000s decade.

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Vijay Singh was the leading PGA Tour money winner in 2003,2004 and 2008.

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Vijay Singh is the son of Mohan Singh, an airplane technician who taught golf.

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Vijay Singh saved the money he needed to resurrect his career and began to re-enter tournaments.

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In 1989, Vijay Singh won his first European Tour title at the Volvo Open Championship in Italy and finished 24th on the European Tour Order of Merit, putting his early struggles firmly behind him.

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Vijay Singh won four times in 1989, at the Volvo Open di Firenze, Ivory Coast Open, Nigerian Open and Zimbabwe Open.

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Vijay Singh won on the European Tour again in 1990 and did so twice in 1992.

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Vijay Singh won several tournaments in Asia and Africa in this period.

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Vijay Singh entered the PGA Tour in 1993, winning his first PGA Tour event, the Buick Classic in a playoff over Mark Wiebe.

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Vijay Singh followed this up by winning The Masters in 2000, with a three-stroke victory over Ernie Els.

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Vijay Singh did not win on the PGA Tour in 2001, but finished the year with a Tour-best 14 top-10 finishes and was fourth on the money list with $3,440,829 for the year.

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Vijay Singh won four tournaments, had 18 top-10 finishes and was the PGA Tour's money leader with $7,573,907, beating Tiger Woods by $900,494, though Singh played 27 tournaments compared to Woods' 18 tournaments.

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Vijay Singh tied a 9-hole scoring record at the US Open with a 29 on the back nine of his second round.

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Vijay Singh's victories came at the Phoenix Open, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, the John Deere Classic and the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Vijay Singh narrowly lost the vote for the PGA of America's Player of the Year to Tiger Woods.

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However, the 2003 season was spotted with controversy involving Vijay Singh surrounding the year's event at the Bank of America Colonial.

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Vijay Singh won the final major of 2004, winning the PGA Championship, his third major, in a three-hole aggregate playoff over Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco.

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On 6 September 2004, Vijay Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts.

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Vijay Singh finished the 2004 season with a career-best nine victories, 18 top-10s, and a record $10,905,166 in earnings and was named the PGA Tour's and PGA of America's Player of the Year.

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Thirty-year-old Karrie Webb was inducted into the Hall of Fame in October 2005, but Vijay Singh remained the youngest living electee, as Webb qualified for the Hall without an election process.

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In 2006, Vijay Singh played enough European Tour events to be listed on the European Tour Order of Merit title for the first time since 1995.

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At the start of the 2007 season, Vijay Singh won the Mercedes-Benz Championship which was the first FedEx Cup event in PGA Tour history.

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Vijay Singh did not finish in a top ten of a major for the first time in ten years and finished 10th in the FedEx Cup race.

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Vijay Singh went through swing changes during the end of 2007 which resulted in weeks of missed cuts and staying outside the top ten through the Presidents Cup.

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Vijay Singh's game was plagued by poor putting for the better part of two years, but his season started to turn around with a tie for fifth at the Travelers Championship.

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Vijay Singh's win had been a relief after missing short putts throughout the week.

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Vijay Singh missed the cut the following two weeks including at Oakland Hills for the PGA Championship and entered the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs ranked 7th in the standings.

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At the first playoff event, Vijay Singh prevailed for his first FedEx Cup win defeating Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland in a playoff.

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Vijay Singh was propelled into first place in the FedEx Cup race with three events remaining.

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Vijay Singh had won three times in his last five starts and created an almost insurmountable lead in the points race.

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Vijay Singh has won 22 times on the PGA Tour since turning 40 – beating the record previously set by Sam Snead.

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Vijay Singh has spent over 540 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Vijay Singh had a mediocre 2009 season, with no top 5 finishes and ended the year with his lowest ever ranking on the PGA Tour money list in 68th.

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Vijay Singh dropped out of the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since the early 1990s.

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In February, Vijay Singh was in contention to win his first PGA Tour Title since 2008 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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On 6 June 2011, Vijay Singh missed his tee-time for the US Open qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.

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On 30 January 2013, Vijay Singh admitted to using deer-antler spray while not knowing that it is a banned substance.

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On 8 May 2013, Vijay Singh sued the PGA Tour for exposing him to public humiliation and ridicule during a 12-week investigation into his use of deer-antler spray.

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The PGA Tour confirmed that it does not believe that Vijay Singh intended to gain an unfair advantage over his fellow competitors in this matter.

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In March 2019, Vijay Singh shot his way into the final group of the final round of the Honda Classic.

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Vijay Singh shot even-par to finish sixth, three strokes behind winner Keith Mitchell.

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Vijay Singh played his first PGA Tour Champions event in 2013, finishing T6 at the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship.

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On 23 April 2017, Vijay Singh won the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf with Carlos Franco.

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On 15 July 2018, Vijay Singh won one of the PGA Tour Champions' major tournaments, the Constellation Senior Players Championship in a playoff over Jeff Maggert.

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On 11 November 2018, Vijay Singh won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, Arizona.

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An Indo-Fijian practising Hinduism, Vijay Singh was born in Lautoka, Fiji and grew up in Nadi.

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Vijay Singh has a brother named Krishna who is a professional golfer.

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Vijay Singh said that he did not expect anything in return from the Fijian government for representing his country.

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At a press conference on 18 May 2005, Vijay Singh commented on what he said was a deterioration in race relations in Fiji, saying that for such a small country, people of all races should live together, put their differences aside, and get on with life.

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