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Vijay Singh as hungry for titles as ever

Vijay Singh is just five years away from joining the senior ranks on the U.S. circuit but has no desire to slow down his competitive approach at the highest level.

The 45-year-old Fijian has won three titles in his last six PGA Tour starts and has all but secured the season-ending FedExCup before Thursday’s opening round at the Tour Championship.

“I’m not going to go away for the next five years,” Singh told reporters at East Lake Golf Club on Wednesday. “If I keep physically fit and injury-free, I think I have a good chance to go into my fifties.

“But it really depends. I kept telling everybody, if I cannot compete with the young kids, if I show up in a golf tournament and know I’m not going to win or I cannot win, then I think it’s time to walk away.”

A winner of 34 titles on the PGA Tour since he joined the circuit in 1993, Singh is blessed with a loose-limbed swing and a work ethic unrivalled by most of his peers.

“I’m in great shape for a 45-year-old,” the former world number one said. “My physique is not as good as a 25-year-old but the older you get, the harder it is to feel younger.

“You’ve got to work twice or three times as hard and you also have to watch what you work on. It’s very easy to get hurt.

“At the same time, I’m able to swing the club a lot freer than most guys close to their fifties,” added the three-times major winner. “I can still swing the club pretty much past parallel whenever I want to.

“As you get older your swing gets shorter, your turn gets shorter, but mine seems to stay the same.”

Singh has won a record 22 titles on the PGA Tour since turning 40, five more than next-best Sam Snead. He would dearly love to win many more, and increase his major tally.

“My career is still at its peak, if I just keep my focus and have a good mindset,” he said.

“The only issue here is how much stronger can I get and not get hurt. I’m making a plan and trying to get strong again and come out next year really fit and eager to go out there.

“I want to compete better in the majors before I finish. This year was a disappointing in the four major events. I missed the cut in two of them and just did not compete in the other two, so that was a disappointment.”

Singh tied for 14th at the Masters and shared 65th at the U.S. Open before missing the cut at the British Open and the PGA Championship.

However he has since delivered red-hot form, his victories at the Barclays Classic and Deutsche Bank Championship effectively wrapping up the season-long race for the FedExCup.

“I’m here fresh, I’ve practised pretty good and I’ve come to win this golf tournament,” he said of the Tour Championship, the final event of the PGA Tour’s 2008 regular season. “I want to finish really strong.”


September 25, 2008

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