Vijay Singh of Fiji has become the first golfer to win more than $10 million dollars in a PGA Tour season. VOA Sports Editor Parke Brewer has details.
Vijay Singh surpassed the $10-million earnings mark by winning Sunday's Chrysler Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida. The victory was worth $900,000, pushing his 2004 earnings to $10.73 million.
The world's top-ranked player had a six-under-par 65 in the final round to win by five shots over Sweden's Jesper (YES-pur) Parnevik and American Tommy Armour III. Singh was 18 under par for the four-round event.
It was Singh's ninth tournament victory of the year, a feat last achieved by American Tiger Woods in 2000. The previous prize money record for a season was also that year when Woods won $9.19 million dollars.
The 41-year-old Singh can add to his record total when he plays in the Tour Championship later this week in Atlanta, Georgia. And he says he is already focusing on that tournament.
"There's not really time to celebrate or feel how exciting this whole year has been, but I'll get my time. Once this season's over I'm going to sit back and just enjoy what I've achieved this year," he said.
And what an achievement it has been, especially lately. Sunday's win at the Chrysler Championship was Vijay Singh's sixth in his last eight starts.