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Maybe we shouldn't write off Vijay Singh just yet

Jonathan Wall
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If we've learned anything from watching Vijay Singh over the last ten-plus years, it's that you should never count him out. Winning three majors and posting seven consecutive seasons with at least one victory gives you that kind of credibility.

But after the way Singh played over the past two seasons -- falling out of the top 100 in the world golf rankings and failing to post a victory -- people started to wonder if the Big Fijian had finally hit the wall. Two days away from his 48th birthday, it looked like he was ready to shed grueling tour schedules for 54-hole tournaments on the Champions Tour.

It seemed natural, based on the way Singh had abused his body over the last decade. Playing upwards of 27 events, and hitting more balls in a week than the average amateur golfer hits in a lifetime does that to you. Most thought Singh's body had finally given out.

Maybe we were wrong. Just when we thought it was okay to call time on his PGA Tour career, Singh appears to have found a new lifeline. After posting a second place finish at the Northern Trust Open, he now has two top-three finishes in his last three events, and appears to be on the verge of making the naysayers eat their words.

He wouldn't be the first player to have a late career surge. Kenny Perry played the best golf of his career in his late 40's, and Jack Nicklaus and Julius Boros both won major championships at 46 and 48, respectively. While Singh isn't Nicklaus, he's the kind of player that's always gotten better with age.

For a guy who enjoyed the best golf of his career in his 40's, it shouldn't be a stretch to think Singh could be in for a resurgence as he nears 50. Finally healthy, he's swinging the club and putting like a player that still has a place on the PGA Tour.

Sure, he's getting ever closer to the Champions Tour. But if he keeps fighting off Father Time with top five finishes, there's a good chance we may see Singh playing a full tour schedule past the 50-year mark.

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