About Us Contact Us Advertise Newsletter

Golf news, golf reports, golf headlines, golf updates,golf features

Golf Today > News Archive > 2006 Archive >


Vijay Singh may rest to prepare for Masters

Fatigued Vijay Singh is considering missing next week's Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando for the first time in a decade to hone his game for next month's U.S. Masters.

The world number two, who has one of the busiest playing schedules among the leading players, has skipped just one week of tournament golf since the start of the year.

"I really need to take a week off, maybe two," Fijian Singh told reporters after tying for 15th at the Doral Championship in Miami on Sunday.

"Bay Hill is a good tournament but I need to fix a few things first. If I'm not ready, I won't play."

The three-times major champion has not missed the Bay Hill event, which traditionally attracts a strong field, since 1995.

Singh, winner of the U.S. PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004 and the U.S. Masters in 2000, wants to spend time on the practice range to galvanise his game for the opening major of the year at Augusta National.

"I could see this week that my rhythm wasn't there in my swing and that my timing's gone," said the 43-year-old Fijian, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. "I'm excited to go home and work on my game."

While world number one Tiger Woods has been in dynamic form this season, winning three of the five tournaments he has entered including the Doral event, Singh has been below his best.

Although he has produced four top-10 finishes in six PGA Tour starts, he has contended in only one of them, losing to Australia's Stuart Appleby in a playoff for the season-opening Mercedes Championships in Hawaii.

Singh regrets having disrupted his early PGA Tour campaign by playing two European Tour events in the United Arab Emirates.

"It was a real bad move," he said. "I was really ready to play (this season) and going there for two weeks and then coming back, you're not used to it."

Singh tied for eighth at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in mid-January and shared 24th place the following week at the Qatar Masters.

"The first week is just getting used to it," he added. "You come back over here, you do the same thing. It was a good trip but it was very tiring on my body and I think I wasted three weeks."

The U.S. Masters takes place from Apr. 6-9.

March 7, 2006


Golf Today Classifieds

Bookmark page with:
What are these Email This Page Subscribe Follow us on Twitter Top of Page
News Tours Rankings Tuition Course Directory Equipment Asian Travel Notice Board

© Golftoday.co.uk 1996-2014