Singh completes massive earning season

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2008 Chevron World Challenge | Round Four | 22 Dec 2008

Vijay Singh has defeated Steve Stricker by one shot at the Chevron World Challenge with a further three shots back to Hunter Mahan and Anthony Kim. Vijay Singh birdied the final hole of the final event of the year and in doing so won his fourth event of the year, three months after he last played at the Tour Championship.

Jim Furyk finished alone in 5th position after he had shared the lead at 10 under half way through his final round.

The victory completes a magnificent season for Singh and his bank manager as not only does he add another US$1.35 million to the US$6.6 million he won in official earnings in the regular tour season, he also secured a further US$10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup playoff series.

Singh and Steve Stricker played together in the final round and emerged as the pair to beat when they edged ahead of Jim Furyk and Anthony Kim who both lost their way late in the event. Stricker missed the green at the final hole while Singh finished 10 feet left of the hole and made the putt to all but secure victory.

“I played pretty decent. I had a new driver, so it’s always a risky thing to do when you’re starting a tournament,” said Singh after his win. “But I played really well. I hit the ball very good off the tee, and I think the key for this golf course is keeping the ball in play.”

“Those first three days I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of errors, a lot of silly mistakes that probably crept in there having not played for three months but I managed very well today and made some putts coming in, which was pretty good.”

“You know, I didn’t know what to expect when I came here. The first tournament I played after Atlanta was the Father & Son last week. I took a month off to rest my arm and I literally didn’t hit a ball, and I haven’t done that in forever. I just tried to repair my body a little bit. So much happened through the whole of this season, back injury, ankle injury, arm injury, so just got myself together and then played the Father & Son, prepared for that week, and that kind of prepared me for this week, as well.”

“I didn’t know what to expect. Once you get into the middle of things, you know, you kind of know where you stand. I felt very comfortable in the middle of the heat. So that’s probably what I needed. If I didn’t have a good first round and second round, I probably would have been way out. But once I kept playing, I kept shooting a decent number and keeping myself in the tournament, that kind of helped me focus and get me more into where I was supposed to be.”

The next time these players are back in action is likely for most to be at the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii starting on January 8th.

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