Vijay Singh: Profile of the 3-Time Major Champion

Golfer Vijay Singh photographed in 2001
Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Vijay Singh was one of the best golfers in the world in the late 1990s into the 2000s and had one of the top winning seasons in recent golf history in 2004. He also set records for victories after turning age 40. He now plays on the Champions Tour.

Fast Facts: Vijay Singh

  • Occupation: Professional golfer
  • Born: February 22, 1963 in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
  • Key Accomplishments: Winner of The Masters in 2000 and the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004; winner of the PGA Tour Player of the Year Award in 2004.
  • Spouse: Ardena Seth (married 1985)
  • Children: One son, Qass Seth Singh

Singh's Tour Wins and Majors

Singh won 34 PGA Tour events, making him one of just 16 golfers with 30 or more wins on the PGA Tour. He also is credited with 13 European Tour victories and four Champions Tour wins (his individual tournament wins are listed below).

In the major championships, Singh won three times — once in The Masters and twice in the PGA Championship.

Awards and Honors

  • PGA Tour leading money winner, 2003, 2004
  • PGA Tour Vardon Trophy winner, 2004
  • 2004 PGA Tour Player of the Year
  • Member, International team, Presidents Cup: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

Vijay Singh Biography

The older Vijay Singh got, the harder he seemed to work, and once he hit his 40s, the more he won. Singh's worth ethic is legendary, whether it's his physical workouts or the hours he spends each day hitting balls on the driving range and in short game areas.

And all that work paid off, especially after the turn of the millennium as Singh entered his 40s. In 2003, Singh posted 4 wins, 14 Top 10 finishes and led the PGA Tour in money. In 2004, he won 9 times, posted 18 Top 10s, won the Vardon Trophy, led the PGA Tour in money, and was named Player of the Year. It was best seasons in recent PGA Tour history.

Singh grew up in Fiji and was taught golf by his father, an airplane technician who moonlighted as a golf teacher. He turned pro in 1982 and won the Malaysian Open in 1984.

In 1985, he was embroiled in cheating allegations over an incident at an Asian Tour event. Singh was alleged to have altered his scorecard in an attempt to make a cut. Singh denied the allegations, but was suspended by the Asian Tour.

He spent time as a golf pro in Borneo, but also continued playing around the world. Eventually, he would win tournaments in more than 15 countries.

In 1988, he joined the European Tour, where he played full-time for five years. In 1993, he joined the U.S. PGA Tour and was named Rookie of the Year.

He contended often but won sporadically before breaking through for his first major, the 1998 PGA Championship. In 2000, he added a Masters title.

His career really took off in 2003 and was followed by the huge 2004 season. At one point in 2004, Singh made 12 Top 10s in a row, at the time the longest such streak since 1975. His 9 victories - which included his third major, the PGA - made him one of only six players in PGA Tour history to post nine or more wins in a single season. He also became the first golfer to earn $10 million in a single season.

When Singh opened 2007 with a victory at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, it was his 18th win since turning 40, breaking Sam Snead's record for most PGA Tour wins after age 40. Singh won three times in 2008, but injuries began slowing him down as he approached age 50 and he hasn't won since on the PGA Tour.

In his early 50s, Singh played sporadically on the Champions Tour. He notched his first senior win at the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf (partnering Carlos Franco).

The Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation benefits charities and non-profits that assist and support women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

List of Tournament Wins by Vijay Singh

These are the tournaments on major professional tours won by Singh:

PGA Tour (34)

  • 1993 Buick Classic
  • 1995 Phoenix Open
  • 1995 Buick Classic
  • 1997 Memorial Tournament
  • 1997 Buick Open
  • 1998 PGA Championship
  • 1998 Sprint International
  • 1999 Honda Classic
  • 2000 Masters Tournament
  • 2002 Shell Houston Open
  • 2002 The Tour Championship
  • 2003 Phoenix Open
  • 2003 EDS Byron Nelson Championship
  • 2003 John Deere Classic
  • 2003 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 2004 Shell Houston Open
  • 2004 HP Classic of New Orleans
  • 2004 Buick Open
  • 2004 PGA Championship
  • 2004 Deutsche Bank Championship
  • 2004 Bell Canadian Open
  • 2004 84 Lumber Classic
  • 2004 Chrysler Championship
  • 2005 Sony Open in Hawaii
  • 2005 Shell Houston Open
  • 2005 Wachovia Championship
  • 2005 Buick Open
  • 2006 Barclays Classic
  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz Championship
  • 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational
  • 2008 WGC Bridgestone Invitational
  • 2008 The Barclays
  • 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship

European Tour (13)

  • 1989 Volvo Open Championship
  • 1990 El Bosque Open
  • 1992 Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia
  • 1992 Volvo German Open
  • 1994 Scandinavian Masters
  • 1994 Lancome Trophy
  • 1997 South African Open
  • 1998 PGA Championship
  • 2000 Masters Tournament
  • 2001 Carlsberg Malaysian Open
  • 2001 Caltex Singapore Masters
  • 2004 PGA Championship
  • 2008 WGC Bridgestone Invitational

Asian Tour (5)

  • 1995 Passport Open
  • 2000 Johnnie Walker Taiwan Open
  • 2001 Carlsberg Malaysian Open
  • 2001 Caltex Singapore Masters
  • 2007 Kolon-Hana Bank Korea Open

Champions Tour (4)

  • 2017 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf (team tournament, partnered by Carlos Franco)
  • 2018 Toshiba Classic
  • 2018 Constellation Senior Players Championship
  • 2018 Charles Schwab Cup Championship

Trivia Tidbits

  • Vijay Singh's first name means "victory" in Hindi.
  • Singh holds the record for most PGA Tour wins after age 40. He took the record away from Sam Snead during the 2007 season.
  • Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team celebrates after winning the 12th hole during the Day One Four-Ball Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 3, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio

    The Awe-Inspiring Rundown of Tiger Woods' Career Wins

  • Rory McIlroy

    Interesting Facts and Figures About Rory McIlroy

  • Ernie Els of South Africa poses with the Claret Jug after winning the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012

    Big Easy: How Golfer Ernie Els Earned Nickname and Became so Popular

  • Sergio Garcia reacts after saving par with a putt during The Masters Tournament in 2017.

    How Sergio Garcia Became One of Golf's Biggest Stars

  • Phil Mickelson is all smiles during a tournament

    That's a Whole Lotta Wins You Got There, Phil Mickelson!

  • Tiger Woods smiles during a practice day for the 2008 CA Championship tournament

    The Amazing, Stupendous Golf Life and Accomplishments of Tiger Woods

  • Phil Mickelson reacts to missing a putt during the U.S. Open tournament.

    Here's How Phil Mickelson Is No. 2 in U.S. Open History

  • The Asian Tour logo is displayed behind Jbe Kruger as he tees off during a tournament in 2014.

    Asian Tour in Golf: Schedule, Best Players and History

  • Golfer Bernhard Langer during practice for the 1995 Ryder Cup

    Know Your Pro Golfers: Bernhard Langer - Masters Champ, Senior Legend

  • Arnold Palmer (right) helps Jack Nicklaus slip on the Green Jacket after the 1965 Masters

    These Are the Winningest Golfers in PGA Tour History

  • Golfer Retief Goosen pictured in 2005.

    How Golfer Retief Goosen Played His Way Into the Hall of Fame

  • Fred Couples

    What you need to know about golfer Fred Couples

  • Dustin Johnson tees off during the Canadian Open tournament

    How Big Bomber Dustin Johnson Became a Major Champ in Golf

  • Adam Scott of Australia in action during the second round of the 2000 British Open on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland

    Photos: Golfer Adam Scott Through the Years

  • Jim Furyk

    What You Need to Know About Golfer Jim Furyk

  • Thongchai Jaidee at the Malaysian Open

    Teeing Off With the Maybank Championship Malaysia Golf Tournament