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Golf: Singh sets new landmark

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posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 07:12 PM
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Vijay Singh's magical year got even better on Sunday as he became the first golfer in history to pass the $10 million mark for one season.

Singh picked up his ninth win of the season on Sunday - the most on the PGA Tour in 54 years - as he cruised to a five-stroke victory at the $5 million Chrysler Championship.

The Fijian began the day with a one-shot lead over Tommy Armour III and shot a 6-under-par 65 on the Copperhead Course at the Westin Innisbrook Resort for a four-round total of 18-under 266.

Singh's nine wins match the total won by Tiger Woods in 2000 and are the most by any player since Sam Snead won 11 events in 1950, when the PGA Tour was far less competitive.

Already having set a single-season record for prize money, Singh became golf's first $10 million man as the $900,000 first prize pushed his 2004 earnings to $10,725,166.

He has done most of his damage in one of the best three-month spans in the history of the sport.

Since August 1, Singh has won $5.72 million in eight events, winning six - including the PGA Championship - and settling for second in another.

The wins and money just during that span would be enough to lead the tour in both categories.

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