Date of birth: Feb. 22, 1963
Place of birth: Lautoka, Fiji
Nickname: Veej (and he's sometimes called in print "the big Fijian")
• European Tour: 13
• Masters: 2000
• PGA Championship: 1998, 2004
Awards and Honors:
• PGA Tour Vardon Trophy winner, 2004
• 2004 PGA Tour Player of the Year
• Member, International team, Presidents Cup: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Vijay Singh Biography:
And all that work paid off, especially after the turn of the millenium as Singh entered his 40s. In 2003, Singh posted 4 wins, 14 Top 10 finishes and led the PGA Tour in money. In 2004, he won 9 times, posted 18 Top 10s, won the Vardon Trophy, lead the PGA Tour in money, and was named Player of the Year. It was arguably one of the best seasons of all-time.
Singh grew up in Fiji and was taught golf by his father, an airplane technician who moonlighted as a golf teacher. He turned pro in 1982 and won the Malaysian Open in 1984.
In 1985, he was embroiled in cheating allegations over an incident at an Asian Tour event. Singh was alleged to have altered his scorecard in an attempt to make a cut. Singh denied the allegations, but was suspended by the Asian Tour.
He spent time as a golf pro in Borneo, but also continued playing around the world. Eventually, he would win tournaments in more than 15 countries.
In 1988, he joined the European Tour, where he played full-time for five years. In 1993, he joined the U.S. PGA Tour and was named Rookie of the Year.
His career really took off in 2003, and was followed by the huge 2004 season. At one point in 2004, Singh made 12 Top 10s in a row, at the time the longest such streak since 1975. His 9 victories - which included his third major, the PGA - made him one of only six players in PGA Tour history to post nine or more wins in a single season. He also became the first golfer to earn $10 million in a single season.
When Singh opened 2007 with a victory at the Mercedes Benz Championship, it was his 18th win since turning 40, breaking Sam Snead's record for most PGA Tour wins after age 40. Singh has won several times since, too, although injuries began slowing him down as he approached age 50.
The Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation benefits charities and non-profits that assist and support women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.