Q&A: Singh to make Champions Tour debut at this week's Pacific Links Hawaii Champ.Vijay Singh, who owns 34 PGA TOUR wins, makes his debut on the Champions Tour on Friday.September 19, 2013
By Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff
Vijay Singh, 50, will make his Champions Tour debut at this week's Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, which begins on Friday in Kapolei, Hawaii. Singh, a three-time major champion who owns 34 PGA TOUR victories, answered some questions recently before his debut.
Q: How did you pick the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship to start your Champions Tour career?
VIJAY SINGH: I was already in Hawaii. I knew I was going to be in Hawaii if I wasn't in the PGA TOUR's FedExCup Playoffs. That made it pretty easy since the Pacific Links Championship is in Hawaii.
Q: Have you talked with anyone about what to expect on the Champions Tour?
SINGH: My good friend is Greg Hopkins. He's played in a few Champions Tour events and he's schooled me a little bit. That’s about all the knowledge I have about the Champions Tour starting out.
Q: Do you know anything about Kapolei Golf Club, the venue for this week’s Pacific Links Hawaii Championship?
SINGH: I watched the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship last year on television. I know the wind blows here and these greens are Paspalum. The last time I played Paspalum greens was at Kiawah Island for last year’s PGA Championship. I don’t think either Tour plays Paspalum greens very much. It takes a little bit of getting used to, which is why I’m playing two pro-am rounds this week.
Q: What have you been up to lately? How’s your game coming into your first Champions Tour event?
SINGH: I’ve been working out a little bit but I’m taking it easy right now. My body was very tired after this year on the PGA TOUR. I’ve taken a break and have spent time with my son, Qass, helping him with his game. I started practicing again last week so hopefully it’s all together. I’ve not played an event since the Wyndham Championship.
Q: How about the change of going from a 72-hole event on the PGA TOUR to a 54-hole Champions Tour event?
SINGH: There’s no cut so you can be aggressive from the opening shot. People say that it’s a sprint out on the Champions Tour because of the three rounds vs. four. I really don’t think so. I just think you need to be consistent enough and play your game and not worry what else is going on. If you play good enough, it will take care of itself. Every tournament you go to, someone’s going to have a hot week and you just have to not worry about that. I’ve played enough tournaments to realize it’s not a one-rounder.
Q: What are your future plans? Will you play a few more Champions Tour events the rest of this year?
SINGH: I’m thinking about playing a few more. I’m focused right now on this week so we will see what happens.