January 18, 2006
Singh says he can repeat his vintage 2004 form
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Vijay Singh believes he is capable of
repeating his superb form of two years ago when he won nine
times on the PGA Tour and briefly dethroned Tiger Woods as
world number one.
"I am in line to play as good, or even better, as I did in
2004, winning in excess of $10 million," world number two Singh
told reporters on the eve of Thursday's inaugural Abu Dhabi
"I don't need to raise the level of my game. I just need to
be more consistent and start winning again."
The 42-year-old Fijian arrived in Abu Dhabi, the latest
stop on the 2006 European Tour, after an exhausting 36-hour
trip from Hawaii via San Francisco and London.
"I expect to play well here," said Singh. "I don't know if
I am going to do that but I haven't come all the way here to
"It was a long trip but I am feeling good. I had a good two
weeks in Hawaii but felt a little disappointed not to win
Singh had closing rounds of 65 and 66 to finish sixth at
the Sony Open last Sunday. Seven days earlier, he was runner-up
to Australia's Stuart Appleby at the Mercedes Championships.
The tall Fijian appeared unconcerned about reducing Woods's
huge lead in the world rankings.
"I am not going to worry about trying to catch Tiger," said
Singh. "It will take a lot to catch Tiger now.
"It's a long season, there are a lot of tournaments and you
just have to go out there and take care of business the way you
know you can.
"No matter what area you are in, you reach the level I did
two years ago, that's incredible.
"You are the best player in the world, and the best player
in anything is pretty big. I think I am capable of doing that
Colin Montgomerie, one of Singh's title rivals this week,
says his target this season is to cement his place in the
world's top 10.
"It's not a New Year resolution or stuff like that," said
the 42-year-old Scotsman. "But if I am in the top 10 by the end
of 2006 I will have had a very successful two years, that's the
World number 10 Montgomerie struggled for form two years
ago while negotiating a painful and public divorce and slipped
to a lowly 80th at the start of 2005.
"Last year I made two realistic goals, one was to get back
in the top 25, which I succeeded in doing, and the next was to
be among the top 10," added Montgomerie, who won a record
eighth European order of merit title in 2005.
(Writing by Tony Jimenez in London)