By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Vijay Singh may have made his Champions Tour debut last month, but he's in contention for another PGA TOUR title. He's at 12-under 201, three shots behind leader Brooks Koepka, after shooting 65 on Saturday.
Singh, a 34-time PGA TOUR winner, had just one top-25 (T-20, Sony Open in Hawaii) on the PGA TOUR in 2013. He finished T-6 in his Champions Tour debut three weeks ago at the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship. He said work with putting instructor Marius Filmalter has helped him return to contention. Singh is now using a conventional-length putter and "claw" grip.
"My speed control is very good," Singh said. "That's given me a lot of confidence. I have a little bit more release with my right hand. It's kind of worked all the way through my game."
Singh, who turns 51 in February, made eagle on the par-4 17th on Saturday after hitting his tee shot within 1 foot of the hole. He's looking for his 35th PGA TOUR victory and first top-10 since a fourth-place finish at last year's Frys.com Open. He said he's not ready to become a full-time Champions Tour player.
"I'm playing well and looking forward to the season," Singh said. "I think the way I'm playing, I'm excited."
Former FedExCup champ Vijay Singh has announced that he will make his Champions Tour debut next week at the Pacific Links Hawai‘i Championship.
The tournament, which features 15 players who have already won on the Champions Tour this year, will be played Sept. 16-22 at Kapolei Golf Club.
Singh, who turned 50 in February, has 34 PGA TOUR victories, including the 2000 Masters and the 1998 and 2004 PGA Championships.
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Watch Tiger Woods' win in 2006, Mickelson and Woods duel in 2007, Vijay Singh's masterful putting in 2008, Steve Stricker's win in 2009, Charley Hoffman's in 2010 and Webb Simpson in 2011.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vijay Singh withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship on Wednesday morning, citing a back injury. The 2005 champion was replaced in the field by Andrew Svoboda.
Singh is the third player to withdraw this week. Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter withdrew on Tuesday, the former citing a wrist injury
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2013 PREVIEW: Vijay Singh turns 50 on Feb. 22 but don't expect him to head over to the Champions Tour just yet. The World Golf Hall of Famer hasn't won on TOUR since 2008, when he earned three titles, but with five top 10s last year, he knows he can still compete.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Let's pick the Frys.com Open, which was Singh's 500th start on the PGA TOUR. He closed with three rounds in the 60s on the way to a tie for fourth -- his low of the year and his fourth top-10 in his last eight starts to send Singh to the offseason with momentum. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Vijay is going to be eligible for the Champions Tour in 2013 but I think we'll see plenty of him on the PGA TOUR. Why not? Singh was in position to win several times including the PGA Championship. He had trouble closing out tournaments during the final round and has to improve on his putting. Singh ranked 170th in strokes gained-putting and is 150th in final-round scoring average. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Since he'll turn 50 before the conclusion of the West Coast Swing, he sets up as one of the most intriguing possibilities of the year. Even if he shares time on the Champions Tour as expected, he'll be coming off a season in which he made 27 starts on the PGA TOUR, so that's a hit we can absorb. Recorded four top 10s in his last nine starts beginning with a T9 at the British Open. His putting is cause for concern, but he'll start the new year with an active streak of 12 consecutive cuts made. I also like his price tag of $1.586 million in salary games. Wouldn't be surprised if he can transfer success with the 50-and-older crowd into a boost of confidence. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
2012 QUICK REVIEW
Regular Season ranking
Final Playoffs ranking
|Best finish||T-4th||Frys.com Open|
|By the Numbers
Cuts made: 23
Rounds played: 99
Top-10 finishes: 5
Money List rank: 51st
Driving distance: 47th
Driving accuracy: 90th
Greens in regulation: 69th
Strokes gained-putting: 170th
Scoring average: 28th
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Vijay Singh nearly holes out from the fairway from 147 yards on the 10th hole on Thursday.
Jason Day nearly knocks in his approach from 158 yards on the 10th hole on Thursday.
Vijay Singh shot a second-straight 66 Friday at TPC Summerlin, where he’ll enter the weekend in contention at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and seeking his first win in four years.
Putting himself in contention hasn’t been a problem for Singh this season -- staying there has.
Singh ranks in the top 50 in scoring average before the cut. Fifteen times this year Singh has shot 68 or better in one or both of the first two rounds of a tournament. In the third round, however, his scoring average slips to 69th best on the PGA TOUR, while in the fourth-round he’s an abysmal 143rd.
He hopes to change that in Las Vegas, his first appearance there since 1999. Coming off a month off, Singh has been in good form lately -- he finished eighth at the BMW Championship for his third top 10 in his last six starts.
Singh has carried that momentum through the first two rounds at TPC Summerlin, where on Friday he had five birdies and an eagle. His only blemish was a double bogey on the final hole, where he three-putted.
“You can't make a mistake out there if you're in the lead or near the lead,” Singh said. “You got to keep improving your score. Nowadays par does not help. You got to make birdies. Especially on a golf course like this or a golf course where the scoring is low, you got to make birdies to go forward.”
Especially on the weekend.
CARMEL, Ind. – With a bogey at the par-4 14th, Vijay Singh now projects outside the top 30 in FedExCup points. It’s the first time all day that Singh – the 54-hole co-leader with Phil Mickelson – has projected outside the players who will advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
The player benefitting the most from Singh’s drop is Scott Piercy, who now projects to 30th.
Singh still has four holes to make up the ground, however. He’s currently at 16 under, four shots off the lead held by Rory McIlroy, who has birdied the par-5 15th to move to 20 under.
UPDATE (5:25 p.m. ET): Singh bogeyed the par-4 16th and is now at 15 under for the tournament. That puts Singh in solo eighth place. He’s now projected to 33 in points.
CARMEL, Ind. – Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have held their fair share of 54-hole leads throughout their Hall of Fame careers, and they go into Sunday’s round at the BMW Championship tied for the lead at 16 under.
In fact, Sunday’s pairing will be the first time in at least 35 years that two current Hall of Famers have played together in the final group in the final round on the PGA TOUR.
A few more notes about the Singh-Mickelson pairing:
> Only one time in Mickelson’s career has he failed to finish inside the top four when holding a 54-hole lead. He tied for eighth at the 1993 Northern Telecom Open after shooting a final-round 75.
> Mickelson’s stroke average in the final round when holding the 54-hole lead is 69.63.
> Singh won 11 consecutive events from 2002-04 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
> Singh has never finished lower than a tie for fifth when holding or sharing a 54-hole lead.
> Singh’s stroke average in the final round with the 54-hole lead is 69.81.
Mickelson and Singh tee off at 1:45 p.m. ET. Click here to follow their pairing on Shot Tracker