HP Byron Nelson 2012: Vijay Singh's Experience Will Lead Him to Victory

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMay 19, 2012

LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 29:  Vijay Singh hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open on the South Course of the Torrey Pines Golf Course on January 29, 2012 in La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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For those of you who thought Vijay Singh was finished, you'd better look at the 2012 HP Byron Nelson leaderboard. The old man is crushing it out there at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas and is tied for fith place at minus-six.

Maybe the heat is good for his joints or something, but he isn't a man to overlook on Sunday. I predict he'll come away with his first victory on the PGA tour since he won the Deutsche Bank Championship way back in September of 2008.

Singh, at the age of 49, is still capable of bombing his drives with the best of the 20-somethings out on the tour, and this week he is also hitting plenty of greens. Through three rounds, Singh has hit 72 out of 83, tying him for third in the field at the Byron Nelson according to PGATour.com.

If he manages to get his putter going tomorrow, the rest of the field better watch out. 

The four men in front of him at this time have far less experience and haven't dealt with the pressure of leading a golf tournament like Singh. His expertise at handling his nerves under pressure gives him a fantastic shot to win tomorrow.

He'll be going out in the third-to-final group, and if Singh can post a hot number before the leaders finish up the pressure will be even greater for them to overcome.

Singh is scoring well—hitting one eagle and 13 birdies—on a course that is playing tough due to the wind. There will be plenty of players to lose their cool tomorrow under these difficult circumstances, but he won't be one of them.

Singh will overcome the weather, the course and the young, up-and-coming stars ahead of him on the leaderboard to win the HP Byron Nelson in 2012.

 

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