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Fiji rejoiced in its new golf world number one on Tuesday after Vijay Singh ended Tiger Woods's five-year reign in the top spot.

Radio stations in Fiji were flooded with calls from well-wishers after Singh beat Woods to win the Deutsche Bank Championship by three strokes in Massachusetts on Monday.

Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka was among the first to congratulate Singh after news of the 41-year-old's triumph reached the South Pacific nation of some 800,000 people.

"I think we should all be very proud of Vijay but he has made personal sacrifices, he has worked very hard to get the number one spot," Rabuka, a keen golfer and former president of the Fiji Professional Golfers Association, told Reuters.

"We congratulate him, his wife and son. Vijay has done us proud," he said.

Singh, whose victory in Massachusetts gave him his sixth PGA Tour title this season, has realised a childhood dream in becoming number one, his brother Krishna said.

"I feel so happy for my brother and what he has achieved," Krishna Singh told Reuters.

"When we were young and since Vijay started to realise he had some exceptional talents in golf, he had wanted to reach that level, to be the number one in the world," he said.

"He has achieved that and good on him. He did it for himself, his family and for Fiji."

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