I’d love to sit here and say that the 49-year-old Vijay Singh is embarking on a remarkable comeback. I’d love to have written a headline that said “The Big Fijian Will Crush The Field This Weekend!”
But I can’t. Because he won’t.
It’s been four years since Singh last won a PGA Tour event.
Sitting atop of the leaderboard after shooting a second round-best 65 on Friday, Singh’s 13-under-par gives him a one-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore and Tiger Woods heading into third round action on Saturday.
How can I be so sure of Singh’s imminent demise?
Because we have seen this before—most recently at the Barclays.
Tied for third with Bob Estes at seven-under-par after shooting a 68 and 67 over the first two rounds, he did not just fall from the top of the leaderboard—he crashed hard with rounds of 76 and 75 on the final day, winding up in an eight-way-tie for 46th place.
After two rounds of the PGA Championship, he was tied for the lead with Tiger Woods and Carl Pettersson at four-under par. He followed that up with a third-round score of 74 and a 77 in the final round, finishing tied for 36th place.
There’s a trend here, and it’s not one that winds up working in Vijay Singh’s favor.
It goes without saying that he’s the sentimental favorite and that those in attendance will be cheering him on, hoping that they can will him to victory.
But recent history proves that he’s just no longer the closer he once was.