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Vijay Singh promises to play more in Asia

Triple major champion Vijay Singh has promised to play more on his home circuit after accepting honorary membership of the Asian Tour.

“It’s an honor,” said the 45-year-old Fijian in a news release on Tuesday. “The Asian Tour has grown and it’ll get stronger and stronger.

“(Executive chairman) Kyi Hla (Han) has done a great job. I’ll try to come back and play here more often and support the Asian Tour.”

Singh, who has 60 international victories including the 2000 U.S. Masters and the 1998 and 2004 U.S. PGA Championships, cut his professional teeth in Asia in the 1980s.

Although the world number 11 is now firmly established on the U.S. PGA Tour, he has won in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Chinese Taipei.

The Asian Tour is poised to stage an unprecedented 30 events this season, offering more than $40 million in prize money.

“Golf in Asia is getting bigger and over the next few years we will see many more strong players coming from the Asian Tour,” said Singh.

“I’m happy to see this development and I believe it won’t stop. We need more big tournaments to get the players going.”

Han was delighted to receive Singh’s backing.

“He is an inspiration to a lot of Asian players,” said Han. “To have him come back and support the tour is a tremendous honor for us.

“When we were playing together during his early years as a professional he worked so hard on his game he would hit balls all day. Vijay would wake up first thing in the morning to practice, play golf all day and practice again till dark.

“He would take a flash light to pick balls up at night so he could start hitting balls at the break of dawn. That was how he got better and better.”


March 5, 2008

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