FedExCup: Can Vijay Singh Work His Magic Again at the Barclays?

Espen UldalContributor IIIAugust 27, 2011

48-year old Vijay Singh can strike back today in the Barclay's
48-year old Vijay Singh can strike back today in the Barclay's

The last time Vijay Singh finished a season in glamor was in 2008, when he secured three victories in less than a month between August and September: Bridgestone Invitational, The Barclays, and Deutsche Bank Championship.

Singh cashed in more than $6.6 million, plus the $10 million bonus for winning the FedExCup, and he ended the year by winning the unofficial Chevron World Challenge presented by Bank of America.

Since then, things have been pretty quiet around the big Fijian. He has not won on the PGA Tour since. That could be about to change.

Singh shot 64 Friday in the second round of The Barclays to secure himself a share of second place before the third, and final, round in this year’s tournament, which has been shortened to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene. That leaves him side by side with Dustin Johnson and just one shot behind Matt Kuchar.

Singh last shot a 64 in the 2009 Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Along with his first round 65, the 48-year-old major winner looks as sharp as ever, after a hard time with back and neck injuries.

Singh started The Barclays at number 36 in the FedExCup standings, but he is projected to move up to third place should he finish second in the tournament. Imagine the sendoff if Singh won tonight.

The Barclays 2011 is the fifth tournament that has been shortened to 54 holes since 2000. It could also be an omen that the last winner of a three-round tournament on the PGA Tour was Johnson, when he won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2009.

Other three-round victories include Phil Mickelson at the BellSouth Classic in both 2000 and 2005, and Luke Donald at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic in 2002.

Maybe, just maybe, Singh will be the next winner on that list.