Vijay Singh, a Fijian professional golfer was one of the greatest golf players in the world in the era of late 90’s till 2000. He had his best season in 2003-2004 where he created history and broke records at an age of 40.
He is nicknamed as “The Big Fijian”. At an early stage of his professional career, he was alleged of altering his scorecard so as to make a cut at an Asian Tour championship and thus was suspended. This was a period where he had to face lot of troubles but gained experience by playing smaller leagues.
Having to watch live sport online rather than playing in it hurt Vijay, and he vowed to make his way back up to the top as soon as his suspension was over.
Vijay soon started to build his career again and started entering into big tournaments. He won his first European Tour in 1989 followed by many more titles in the same year. He continued to dominate the game as he won European Tour in 1990 and 1992, PGA Tour in 1993 but was let down by his injuries in the later stage. After recovering from his injuries, he was playing well but wasn’t converting into winning championships.
In 2003, Vijay started playing really well and continued his form to 2004 which was a huge season for him as it included 12 Top 10s in a row, 9 victories (including PGA) which went into history books for being one of the six players in PGA Tour to have won 9 or more in a single season and also became the first golf player to earn $10 million in a single season. He also became World Number 1 overtaking Tiger Woods and was awarded “America’s Player of the Year” in 2004.
In 2005, he was the youngest living person to be elected for World Golf Hall of Fame. Vijay’s form was deteriorating as he was approaching 50, as injury was the main concern but he has won 22 times on the PGA Tour after he turned 40, he has 34 victories in PGA Tour that is most by a non-American player and has spent over 540 weeks in the top 10 of World Golf Rankings thus making him one of the legends in the game.
If Vijay was eligible to play for the USA, their latest odds for Ryder Cup would be significantly shorter, as he is one of the best match-play golfers in the history of golf.