Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vijay Outlasts Sergio at the Barclays

The up and down year continues for Vijay Singh, who birdied both playoff holes to take down Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland at the first even of the FedEx Cup playoffs today.

This is Singh's second victory in August, coming after two consecutive missed cuts at the PGA Championship and Wyndham Championship. Also, Vijay is now atop the FedEx Point list, nearly 5,000 points above Sergio after week one of the playoffs.

After covering Sergio's bananas 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole with a 25-footer of his own, Singh played the par-5 17th hole next about as textbook as you could, with a solid drive down the middle of the fairway and a second shot that appeared, from his expression, to be terrible but ended up 15-feet away for eagle. It was almost as if he was trying to trick us into believing he messed up.

Garcia snapped his drive into the trees, pushed his second shot behind the trunk of the tree and then after getting relief from what appeared to be a hole the devil comes in and out of, Sergio couldn't find the putting surface and just missed a chip-in for birdie.

Singh, who at 116th on tour this year in putting has had obvious problems with the flat-stick, rolled the eagle putt to the lip and tapped in for a nice, tidy birdie and the trophy.

When the parents are away the kids will play and it appears Singh likes Tiger not being in the picture. Stay tuned, this FedEx Cup might be worth it after all.

Sam Greenwood, Getty Images

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