As a kid, if Vijay
needed money, he would caddie at his local course. Patrons would pay
him $1 for a round. He later earned extra cash doing carpentry work.
Vijay has represented
the international team in every Presidents Cup since its start in 1994.
To improve his
eyesight, Vijay had LASIK surgery in May of 1999.
at the Phoenix Open in 2003 was sandwiched between victories by Ernie
Els, Mike Weir, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods, all champions of at
least one major. The last time that had happened on tour with a minimum
of three golfers was 1963, when Arnold Palmer (L.A. Open), Gary Player
(San Diego Open) and Billy Casper (Bing Crosby National Pro-Am) won
during the second round of the 2003 U.S. Open tied Johnny Miller (1973),
Jack Nicklaus (1980) and Tom Weiskopf (1980) for the lowest 18-hole
score in tournament history.
In April of 2005,
Vijay was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
With his victory
at the 2005 Houston Open, Vijay became the first repeat winner in the
In 2005, Vijay became the youngest living player elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame (at age 42). Karrie Webb qualified for enshrinement at age 30, but she went in automatically.
Vijay missed a victory in 2006 when Stuart Appleby birdied the first hole of their playoff at the Mercedes Championships.
Vijay holed birdie putts of 35, 35 and 60 feet over the last six holes of the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Vijay has won more tournaments after age 40 than anyone in history. Sam Snead held the previous record, with 20 victories.
Vijay has a textbook
lefty swing. Why? A chiropractor once told him that it's good to swing
left-handed, because it works the muscles on the other side of the body.
name means “victory” in Hindu.
Vijay says his
brother, Krishna, was a better player than him as a kid.
dinner at Augusta after his 2000 Masters win was Thai food. The meal
was prepared by his friend, Charlie Niyomkul, who owns two restaurants
Vijay has worked
a lot with coach named Farid Guedra, a club pro in Sweden. They met
while both were playing in Africa.
Vijay has six German
shepherds: Loppy, Snowy, Rover, Tyson, Silver and Teddy Bear.
Friends on the
PGA kid Vijay that his son’s name means “small bucket”
Vijay says he has
more than a thousand putters at his home in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
Vijay plays Cleveland
clubs. He carries a driver with 8.5 degrees of loft and two wedges (54
and 60 degrees).
Vijay loves James
Bond movies and the music of Fleetwood Mac.
Aside from golf,
Vijay's favorite sports are snooker, cricket, rugby and soccer.
Vijay has the names
of his wife and son embroidered on his club head covers.
a variety of charitable causes. In 1999 he served as the Honorary Chairperson
for National Golf Day, the annual junior golf fundraiser sponsored by
the PGA of America. With Ardena and Qass, he has also established the
Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation, which benefits organizations devoted
to women and children who are the victims of domestic abuse.