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Vijay Singh believes best is yet to come

His rivals will not like the sound of it but U.S. PGA champion Vijay Singh is confident his best is yet to come.

The tall Fijian produced one of the greatest seasons in golfing history with nine victories on the 2004 PGA Tour and believes he is producing even better form this year.

On Sunday, the former world number one clinched his second title of 2005 with a playoff win over John Daly at the Houston Open in Texas and immediately set his sights on further reward.

"I think I'm playing better this year than I've done in the past," the 42-year-old Singh told reporters after retaining his Houston crown.

"Last year I had great results obviously, but to me I feel this year I'm more together.

"My whole game is more together. If I just start making a few more putts, I'll probably win a lot more events."

Singh, who also triumphed at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, has twice let victory slip through his fingers on the PGA Tour this season.

He lost in a playoff to Irishman Padraig Harrington at the Honda Classic in March and, the following week, found water on the final hole at the Bay Hill Invitational to hand the title to American Kenny Perry.

In Houston, he missed a six-foot birdie putt at the last to let Daly back into the tournament but the American's victory hopes were dashed when he found water off the tee at the first extra hole.

Singh, holding his nerve, produced error-free golf and secured his 26th PGA Tour title by tapping in an 18-inch putt.

"John made it easy for me, I guess," said the Fijian who is known for his work ethic. "After I missed the putt on 18 (in regulation play), I said: 'Well, here we go again. Maybe it's just not going to be me again.'

"It does play in your mind. I had a chance at the Honda and at Bay Hill and the first thing that crossed my mind was: 'Oh, man, not again'. But I guess that I'm lucky."

Lucky or not, last week was memorable for Singh in more ways than one.

On the eve of the tournament he was voted on to the World Golf Hall of Fame and, with victory, he moved into second place in the all-time standings for foreign-born PGA Tour winners.

"Everything is riding so high right now, it's just part of the whole journey," said the three-times major champion, who has won 16 times on the PGA Tour over the last two-and-a-half years.

"It's an amazing feat to be called a Hall of Famer, but that's not my focus right now. It has not sunk in.

"I don't know when it's going to really hit me, but I think it's something just fine right now," added Singh, who piled up record earnings of $10,905,166 in the U.S. last season.

His 26th career PGA Tour title moved him past Scotland-born Tommy Armour (25) and behind only England-born Harry Cooper (31) as winners born outside the U.S. Nine-times major winner Gary Player of South Africa is fourth in the list on 24.

Singh, however, admitted he had no idea about this achievement.

The Fijian will be bidding for a second consecutive title defence at this week's New Orleans Classic. Based on his current form and confidence, few would bet against him succeeding.

 

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