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Playing good golf is more than hitting shots and holing putts, as Vijay Singh showed us this week
Vijay Singh is currently ranked number two in the world but on form over the last calendar year he is playing better golf than anyone else - including Tiger Woods.

But even though we amateurs could never replicate his sublime talent, we could, nevertheless, learn something from his application and attitude.

He started the last day of the HP Classic in New Orleans four strokes behind overnight leader Joe Ogilvie, and clearly needed a fast start to mount a serious challenge. He didn't get it and by the time he'd played 10 holes, the gap between him and the leader had widened to six strokes.

At this point, many handicap players (and quite a few pros) would assume the jig was up and play conservatively for pride and a reasonable finish.

But what Vijay did was say to himself: 'Just keep going, there is another nine to go. Just play a solid nine and see what happens.

'And the putts started going in, and throwing in an eagle here and there, and all of a sudden everything changed.'

Yes, most of us aren't capable of playing nine holes in 29 strokes, with an eagle and five birdies. But we are capable of refusing to be beaten, or accept that it's not our day, and to keep giving our best until the final putt drops.

That's what Vijay did, and is just one of the reasons he's a great champion.

©    4 - MAY 2004

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