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Singh to design course in Fiji

Vijay Singh has confirmed he will travel to Fiji in February for the junior golfing academy and to oversee design work on a new golf course.

The world No 1 spoke of the project before the Dunhill Links Championship played on three venues -- the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns -- this weekend.

Singh is looking to capture his ninth tour victory and a fourth in succession in the US$5 million ($7.50 million) tournament.

Singh missed last week's Amex World Golf Championship in Ireland to be home in Florida with his family when a hurricane swept the coasts of America.

"There was some leaks in the house and a few trees down and all that, but the main reason for not playing last week was that I was not going to get to Ireland (until) Wednesday and that wasn't the way to prepare myself for a golf tournament, and if I had of done that, I don't think I would have performed well at all," Singh said.

The 41-year Fijian has now set his sights on winning two of his last three events this year.

"I would like to win 10 if I can in the States and that's my goal," Singh said.

"Two out of the last three tournaments is going to be a tall order, but I've won four out of five or five out of six, so I'm sure I'm capable of doing that."

Singh leads a field of star European Tour players this week -- world No 2 Ernie Els among them.

Singh, who began his golf career at the modest Nadi Airport Golf Club in Fiji, is barely noted at the club.

He started as a caddie and the only mention on the club's honours board is his 1981 A Grade Open win there.

Singh's Fijian course design will be just east of Nadi.

"The course is not far from where I grew up and the plans are already there," he said.

"I am going to go and visit there in February and apart from a course and clubhouse there will be a golf school programme as well as an academy of sorts that will help golf in Fiji."

Singh has also spoken with his club manufacturer, Cleveland, and has been assured the company will "do whatever is possible" with regards to stocking the proposed academy with equipment.

"I am not sure how long the project will take to complete but they are breaking ground at the end of this year."

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