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Singh win sparks celebration in native Fiji

Drinks started flowing at the Fiji Golf Club bar moments after Vijay Singh sank his birdie putt to clinch the U.S Masters.

Club official Lyndall Fisher said: ~Celebrations in the clubhouse will go on well into the night. Vijay played so much of his early golf here.~

The 37-year-old Fijian spent his formative years on the Pacific island course -- the country boasts about 10 in total -- before leaving as a 19-year-old to forge his career on the Asian circuit.

Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry told local television: ~He has made Fiji a very proud country."

Singh's second win in a major, achieved late on Sunday afternoon at Augusta, Monday morning in Fiji, cemented his place as a national hero in a country where sporting success is usually limited to Fiji's flamboyant seven-a-side rugby union players.

But he rarely visits the country these days, spending most of his time in the United States and Europe. Most of his family have moved to Australia.

Singh was taught to play golf by his father Mohan, an airline mechanic. His two brothers, Mira and Krishna Singh, are also golf professionals but have only modest careers compared with their brother's illustrious achievements.

Singh's older sister Anita said she and other family members prayed and watched Vijay's progress early on Monday morning at the home he bought for his mother Parwati north of Sydney.

"We prayed all night," Anita Singh said.

"There was myself, my mother, Vijay's brother Mira and his wife and daughter. We prayed that with God's blessing, he would win and I think God listened to our prayers," she said.

Anita Singh said the family's emotions rose and fell with every birdie and bogey.

"When he won it was such a relief. The whole family was in tears and we held each other and cried tears of joy," she said.

Masters coverage begins here.

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