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Singh’s Surprising Stamina

Posted October. 03, 2007 03:14,   


Some may not believe golfer Vijay Singh is in his mid-40’s because of his great stamina. Observers of the game have been astounded at his strength as he has been playing golf under a very tight schedule recently.

Singh arrived at Incheon at two in the morning yesterday to participate in the 50th Kolon-Hana Bank Championship due to be held from October 4 at the Woo Jung Hills Country Club (par 71) in Cheonan, South Chungcheong province.

He came from Toronto where he had participated in the President’s Cup in Montreal the day before on a plane, and it took him more than 10 hours to reach Korea. He was still in the same outfit he wore during the President’s Cup when he arrived at Incheon Airport. He left the Lotte Hotel at Sogong-dong, Seoul and analyzed the course by practicing for more than five hours. Later he held a press conference in Seoul.

By scoring 31 victories on the U.S. PGA Tour and ranking 3rd in prize money, Singh has become one of the top golfers in the world due to his work ethic. He used to practice with coconuts and he once raised money to participate in a championship by giving 5-dollar-a-day lessons and working as a bouncer at nightclubs. The jet lag and fatigue that he experiences now are nothing compared to what he had to go through in the past, he believes.

Singh is aiming to win the championship this time after his win at the Passport Open held at Chuncheon Country Club in 1995.

The prize money of the championship is around 300 million won, which will determine who will earn the most prize money this year in Korea. Last year’s winner Yang Yong-eun (Taylor Made) and the prize money leaders Kim Gyeong-tae (Shinhan Bank) and Kang Gyeong-nam (Samwha Savings Bank) will be eyeing the trophy as well.