Since Tiger Woods announced that he would miss the rest of the 2008 season after undergoing knee surgery, two players have dominated professional golf. Padraig Harrington has won both majors—the British Open and PGA Championship—while Vijay Singh has won three of the last five PGA Tour events.
After hoisting the hardware at back-to-back playoff events, the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank championships, Singh has a commanding lead in the race for the $10 million first prize and the FedEx Cup. Not bad for a 45-year-old guy with tendinitis in his left forearm.
It has been well documented that Singh has overcome his putting troubles by constantly telling himself that he is the best putter in the world. By constantly reinforcing that perception, his putting has improved and he's started winning again.
But what has not changed is Singh's fantastic ability to hit the ball long off the tee and accurately from the fairway. For the season, he is averaging 297 yards per drive and is hitting nearly 69% of the greens in regulation. If that combination holds up, along with his recent putting prowess, there is no reason to believe that Singh cannot continue to win when Woods returns.
Here's a list of the clubs that Singh used to win at the TPC Boston last week. Driver: Cleveland HiBore XL (9.5°)Fairway woods: Cleveland Launcher Steel Fairway (13°), Adams Idea a3 Boxer (19°)Irons: Cleveland CG1 Black Pearl (4-P)Wedges: Cleveland CG12 (54°, 60°, 64°)Putter: Never Compromise GM2 Exchange #7 bellyBall: Titleist Pro V1x
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