Vol 24 October 2014

Mac Everett
General Chairman

Kym Hougham
Executive Director

Jan Ivey
Director of Marketing and Partner Relations

Tony Schuster
Director of Operations

Gwen Crow
Tournament Coordinator

Paula Burnett
Volunteer Coordinator

Christine Lockett
Tournament Project Manager

Champion's Flashback

2005 - Vijay Singh

This is the third in a series intended to reflect on our champions. Vijay Singh shot a final-round 66 in 2005 to force a playoff and landed in the record books with the largest come-from-behind win in tournament history. Heading into Sunday, Singh trailed 36-hole leader Sergio Garcia by six strokes. He then defeated Jim Furyk and Garcia in a four-hole playoff. The victory was Singh’s 27th career title. The World Golf Hall of Fame member currently has 34 TOUR wins.

Vijay Singh, 2005 Champion

Q: Congratulations on your victory. Describe your emotions right now

VIJAY SINGH: Obviously it was pretty exciting there at the end. You know, Sergio made it a little easier for us by bogeying 17. You know, even in the playoff, it was pretty tense. You can't miss a golf shot out there because the golf course will not yield at all. It was tough playing the finishing holes, but I played really solid today. I kept my head and tried to post a score, and I thought 12-under was the number when I started off, and I was right.

Q: Is winning getting old for you yet?

VIJAY SINGH: No, this is just like the first one I won (laughter).

Q: Talk about the crowd and the excitement and just the drama.

VIJAY SINGH: When we started off Thursday, the crowds were lined up, maybe because of the grouping of players, I don't know who was in front of us, but Tiger was in front of us, myself, Sergio and then I think Phil was behind, so it was a lot of good players at one time. The crowd just lined up from the get-go. It was a great feeling, like playing a major event. Today was unbelievable. I don't know how big a crowd was up there at 18, but there was a whole lot of them.

Vijay Singh, 2005 Champion

Q: Did you keep your eye on the leaderboard to see how Sergio was going or did you just play your own game?

VIJAY SINGH: After the 11th hole, after I made birdie on 10, I looked up, he had doubled 9, so I said, "Wow, this is game on" because that's when I was just one back. I went on and birdied 11, 12 and 13 and I got ahead. Once you're within one shot or two shots of the lead going into the last nine, it's anybody's game. I was playing well. You know, I was in the middle of everything.

Q: It seems like you're in contention virtually every week. When you go into a tournament right now in the mode you've been in the last two years, do you just feel like you're going to be there at the end with a chance?

VIJAY SINGH: Yeah. I mean, you just don't want to put yourself out of the tournament the first two days. That's the key. If you go ahead and shoot good numbers the first two days, that's a different story, but you just want to play consistent the first two and see if you can get in the lead going to Saturday. It was a little different this week, but that's what I try to do.

When I come to a golf tournament I feel like I should win the golf tournament the way I play. It doesn't normally happen, but that's the mind thought that way.

Vijay Singh, 2005 Champion

Q: Six down going into today, how did you feel your chances were? Sergio had been playing well all week.

VIJAY SINGH: Yeah, I told my wife, she kept asking, "What do you think?" I said, "I think 12-under is going to be the number." If Sergio went on and played the way he did yesterday, then obviously he would have blown us away.

You know, when I started off today, I saw Phil, and he was 8-, 9-under through 14 or 15 holes. That told me that it was out there, that the score was out there if you played decent enough. It kind of lifted me up and got me fired up.

Still, you need to post it. That's what my intentions were.

Q: Anyway, you've been in enough playoffs this year to last a career. Is there some different attitude you have toward playoffs?

VIJAY SINGH: I mean, you've got to just go ahead and just play it. You know, you shouldn't be disappointed that you can lose. Of course you're going to be disappointed, but playing playoffs is just like -- I don't know, it's a coin toss. You just have to go out there and just play and hit the best shots you can. If one beats you -- straight away it's a match play. Whoever gets one up, that's it. That's how you've got to play the playoffs.