Grouchy Golf Blog

Monday, November 01, 2004 at 11:22 PM

Vijay Singh Practices Hard. So What?

Congrats to Vijay Singh for shooting a 6-under 65 on Sunday to win the Chrysler Championship. It's his 9th win of 2004 and the $900,000 1st-prize made him the first in PGA Tour history to pass the $10 million mark in one season. Yes, he's playing great, but if I hear another golf commentator say that Vijay's the hardest worker in golf, I'll wrap my Cleveland lob wedge around his neck (or at least force them to read my golf blog).

Vijay may work harder than any other PGA pro, but so what? It's not like the guy is digging trenches for a living. He's playing golf. I think that if it were somehow guaranteed that you would play golf as well Vijay if you simply practiced as much as him, most golfers would jump at the opportunity. I know, sure as hell, that I would. Who wouldn't?

However, Vijay has never been a golfer that I've really liked. It's probably because I can never forget about his cheating and deadbeat past. It's funny how nobody ever mentions that Vijay was suspended indefinitely by the Southeast Asia Golf Federation for attempting to alter his scorecard at the Indonesian Open in 1985 in Jakarta. Also, does anyone remember Vijay being banned from playing the PGA tour in Australia because he failed to pay off his debts?

When you get banned from one professional golf tour, it can be filed away as a misunderstanding. But to get banned from two, that's almost criminal. If Vijay weren't playing such god-like golf, I wonder how long it would take for him to get bounced from the PGA Tour.

It's funny how attaining sports stardom can make heroes out of some of the biggest jerks.


Blogger Tom G. said...

Interesting, I didn't know about his deadbeatedness in Australia. What is also interesting is this line from the SI article you linked to:
"a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team dismissed the Fijian with the flip remark, "Once a cheater, always a cheater.""

Tom G.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just mean and ignorant.

He submitted an incorrect card.
Not intentionally. His caddie
was the kid of a friend, according
to what I read. And when you're poor
and broke and living off the support
of friends, what do you do?. How
can he defend himself without
hurting the kid? I don't know the
truth behind the story - but by all
accounts it was just him losing his
temper afterwards that cost him the

And wow. When you're poor and bankrupt,
it's hard to pay your debts. God forgive
us for being so. Not once, not once,
would anyone ever have accused him of
being a cheat or have done something
improper if he had been white. Sad,
mean and prejudiced - that's what
most white Americans are.  


Anonymous A. Davis said...

All I gotta say is that Vijay is indeed a cheater...a cheater on the Asian tour in 1985 and a cheater on his wife in 2001. Did you hear about the illegitimate kid he fathered in Bangladesh? Purportedly, while playing in a charity event to raise money for medical supplies to poverty-stricken children, he cheated on his wife with a fan after missing the cut and failing to earn any money in the event.  


Anonymous Anonymous said...

racist bastards. no one has an ounce of proof. all the Malaysians and Indonesians are muslim racist bastards as well. To take their word against what a 22 year old Fijian did is ludicrous. if any of you morons ever lived in that part of the world, you would know that he was framed.

he is one of the more honest and greatest golfers who has ever played the game. stop your nonsense and go get a life.  


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world is so injustice. When one white man sleeps around no body say or dare to say anything. But if it's a black man, from the local newspaper to BBC, CNN and all will make the headlines!!!! Why so?????Look at what had happened to Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, etc...Come on...lets grow up!  


Blogger Victor said...

well talk about vijay all you want
Tiger has cheated 14 times on elin
Tiger cheated when the fans moved
the boulder in a tournament.

getting called on cheating depends on who you are and where you are.
If vijay was muslim he would have never be accused of cheating.  


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