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Vijay Singh
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Personal information
Full name Vijay Singh
Nickname The Big Fijian
Born 22 February 1963 (1963-02-22) (age 47)
Lautoka, Fiji
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14.9 st)
Nationality  Fiji
Residence Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Spouse Ardena Seth (m.1985)
Children Qass Seth (b.1990)
Career
Turned professional 1982
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1993)
European Tour (rejoined 2006)
Professional wins 58
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 34 (14th all time)
European Tour 13 (18th all time)
Asian Tour 1
Other 14
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 3)
The Masters Won: 2000
U.S. Open T3: 1999
Open Championship T2: 2003
PGA Championship Won: 1998, 2004
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2006 (member page)
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1993
PGA Tour
leading money winner
2003, 2004, 2008
PGA Player of the Year 2004
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
2004
Vardon Trophy 2004
Byron Nelson Award 2004
European Tour
Player of the Year
2004
FedEx Cup Champion 2008

Vijay Singh, CF (Fijian Hindustani: विजय सिंह, IPA: [ˈʋɪdʒəj sɪ̃ɦ]; born 22 February 1963), nicknamed "The Big Fijian", is a Fijian professional golfer who was number one in the Official World Golf Rankings for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005. He has won three major championships (The Masters in 2000 and the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004) and was the leading PGA Tour money winner in 2003, 2004 and 2008. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. He won the FedEx Cup in 2008.

An Indo-Fijian of Hindu background,[1][2] Singh was born in Lautoka, Fiji and grew up in Nadi. A resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, he is known for his meticulous preparation, often staying at the range hours before and after his tournament rounds working on his game.

Singh is married to Ardena Seth, who is Malaysian. They have a son, Qass Seth.

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Early life and amateur career

Singh recollected to reporters about his childhood: "When we were kids we couldn't afford golf balls so we had to make do with coconuts. My father used to say, 'Little Vijay, golf balls don't fall off trees you know,' so I found some that did!"[3] Growing up, he played snooker, cricket, football, and also the island's most popular sport, rugby. He is the son of Mohan Singh, an airplane technician who also taught golf. Growing up, he admired the swing of Tom Weiskopf, using it as an early model for his own.

Two years after turning professional, in 1984, Singh won the Malaysian PGA Championship. However, his career was plunged into crisis after he was suspended from the Asian Tour in 1985 over allegations he doctored his scorecard. It was alleged that he lowered his score from one over to one under in order to make the cut, but Singh denies this, saying that in any case, it should only have resulted in disqualification from the event rather than a ban.

Singh felt he had been more harshly treated because the marker was "the son of a VIP in the Indonesian PGA."[4] He then took a job at the Keningau Club in Sabah, Malaysia, before his move to the Miri Golf Club in Sarawak. While this was a period of hardship for him, he continued to gain experience.[5] He saved the money he needed to resurrect his career and began to re-enter tournaments. He won the Nigerian Open in 1988, and at the end of that year he entered the European Tour Qualifying school for the second consecutive year, and was successful on this occasion.

Professional success

1989–1997: First wins in Europe and America

In 1989, Singh won his first European Tour title at the Volvo Open Championship in Italy and finished 24th on the European Tour Order of Merit, putting his early struggles firmly behind him. He won four times in 1989, at the Volvo Open di Firenze, Ivory Coast Open, Nigerian Open and Zimbabwe Open. He also finished tied for 23rd at the British Open. He won on the European Tour again in 1990 and did so twice in 1992. He also won several tournaments in Asia and Africa in this period.

Singh entered the PGA Tour in 1993, winning his first PGA Tour event, the Buick Classic in a playoff over Mark Wiebe. That victory led to his being named the 1993 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. After being hampered with back and neck problems in 1994, he came back to win the Buick Classic again in 1995 as well as the Phoenix Open. After playing well in 1996 (but with no victories), he won both the Memorial Tournament and the Buick Open in 1997.

1998–2004: Major champion to world number 1

In 1998, Singh was victorious at the PGA Championship at Sahalee in Sammamish, Washington, playing a 70–66–67–68 over the four days (the 66 tied a course record) and earning him his first Major title. He followed this up by winning The Masters in 2000, with a three-stroke victory over Ernie Els.

Singh did not win on the PGA Tour in 2001, but finished the year with a Tour-best 14 top-10 finishes and was fourth on the money list with $3,440,829 for the year. In 2002, he won at the Shell Houston Open at TPC at The Woodlands, setting a new 72-hole scoring record with a 65, and at the Tour Championship, winning by two strokes over Charles Howell III.

2003 proved to be a very successful year for Singh. He won four tournaments, had 18 top-10 finishes and was the PGA Tour's money leader (and had the second highest single-season total in PGA Tour history) with $7,573,907, beating Tiger Woods by $900,494, though Singh played 27 tournaments compared to Woods' 18 tournaments. Singh also set a 9-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open with a 29 on the back nine of his second round.[6] His victories came at the Phoenix Open, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, the John Deere Classic and the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. He narrowly lost the vote for the PGA of America's Player of the Year to Tiger Woods.

However, the 2003 season was also spotted with controversy involving Singh surrounding the year's event at the Bank of America Colonial. LPGA star Annika Sörenstam became the first woman to play at a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias at the 1945 Los Angeles Open. Surrounding this fervor, Singh was misquoted as having said that Sörenstam "didn't belong" on the men's tour and that he would not play if he were paired with her. What he actually said is that he would not be paired with her because his playing partner was being selected from the past champion's pool. Singh later clarified, "There are guys out there trying to make a living. It's not a ladies' tour. If she wants to play, she should—or any other woman for that matter—if they want to play the man's tour, they should qualify and play like everybody else."

Singh began 2004 by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at -16 and winning $954,000 in prize money. This was his first win on tour in 2004 and his 16th all-time on the PGA Tour. It was his 12th consecutive top-10 finish, which is two shy of Jack Nicklaus' all-time record.

Singh won the final major of 2004, winning the PGA Championship, his third major, in a three-hole playoff over Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. Singh was the leader by one shot over Leonard going into the final round, but made no birdies in the final round, finishing regulation at 67–68–69–76=280. His final round of 76 was the highest winning score by a major champion since 1955. The playoff was a tense affair, and Vijay's birdie on the first playoff hole, his first birdie of the day, proved to be the difference.

On 6 September 2004 (Labor Day), Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts. With the win, he overtook Tiger Woods at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, ending Woods' streak of 264 weeks at the top of the golf world.

Singh finished the 2004 season with a career-best nine victories, 18 top-10s, and a record $10,905,166 in earnings and was named the PGA Tour's and PGA of America's Player of the Year. The former award is decided by a vote of active PGA Tour players.

2005–present: Success over 40 and FedEx Cup victory

Despite picking up a win early in 2005, Singh lost his world number 1 ranking when Tiger Woods won the Ford Championship at Doral on 6 March, but just two weeks later he took it back again after notching up top three finishes in three consecutive weeks. Followings Woods' win at the 2005 Masters, Singh once again lost his place as World No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings and finished tied for fifth place. In April, he became the youngest living person elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, garnering 56% of the ballot. Thirty-year-old Karrie Webb was inducted into the Hall of Fame in October 2005, but Singh remained the youngest living electee, as Webb qualified for the Hall without an election process. (The 19th century great Tom Morris, Jr., who was elected in 1975, died at age 24.) Singh deferred his induction for a year, and it took place in October 2006.

In 2006 Singh played enough European Tour events to be listed on the European Tour Order of Merit title for the first time since 1995.

At the start of the 2007 season, Singh won the Mercedes-Benz Championship which was the first FedEx Cup event in PGA Tour history. This win got Singh his 18th tour win over the age of 40, surpassing Sam Snead as most over 40 wins, and making all-time over 40 tour winner. He won again at The Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, but did not win for the rest of the year which turned into a disappointing year for Singh. He did not finish in a top ten of a major for the first time in ten years and finished 10th in the FedEx Cup race. He went through swing changes during the end of 2007 which resulted in weeks of missed cuts and staying outside the top ten through the Presidents Cup.

A new swing brought big changes for Vijay in 2008, although he had good opportunities at Pebble Beach and Bay Hill, he was not competing at a high level for the first half of the year. His game was plagued by poor putting for the better part of two years, but his season started to turn around with a tied for fifth at the Travelers Championship. After missing the cut at the British Open Vijay Singh won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in early August for his first win of the year and first World Golf Championship. His win had been a relief after missing short putts throughout the week. He missed the cut the following two weeks including at Oakland Hills for the PGA Championship and entered the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs ranked 7th in the standings. At the first playoff event Vijay Singh prevailed for his first FedEx Cup win defeating Sergio García and Kevin Sutherland in a playoff. On the first playoff hole García and Singh matched long birdie putts before Singh won with birdie on the second playoff hole. Singh was propelled into first place in the FedEx Cup race with three events remaining. At the second event of the playoffs, he triumphed once again, this time at the Deutsche Bank Championship bewildering the field with a five strokes victory and a final round 63. He had won three times in his last five starts and created an almost insurmountable lead in the points race. He would not contend in the remaining two events, but by playing in both the 2008 FedEx Cup title belonged to Singh. His season which looked to be a major disappointment in July turned into an historic year for Singh: he won the PGA Tour money list for the third time in his career and he surpassed Harry Cooper for most PGA Tour wins of all time for a non-American.

After the playoffs, Singh announced his withdrawal from a couple of Asian Tour events because of a nagging injury and was advised by doctors to rest.[7] He missed two and a half months, returning to win Tiger Woods's tournament, the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in California in December. It was his first victory in the event. During the start of the 2009 season Singh announced that he would miss three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.[8] Singh had a mediocre 2009 season, with no top 5 finishes and ended the year with his lowest ever ranking on the PGA Tour money list.

Singh has won 22 times on the PGA Tour since turning 40 — beating the record previously set by Sam Snead. He is the second man to reach $60 million in PGA Tour career earnings, after Tiger Woods. His 34 career victories are the most on the PGA Tour by a non-American player and place him 14th on the all-time list. He has spent over 540 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings.[9][10]

Kenny Perry, another player who found success at a late age is good friends with Singh, who calls him "Biggie". Of Singh, Perry said "Vijay has always been good to me. We talk a lot. He wants to know how my family is doing. I think the world of him."[11]

Media relations

Controversy surrounded Singh in 2003 before the Bank of America Colonial. Annika Sörenstam was scheduled to play the event, and Singh was quoted as saying, "I hope she misses the cut ... because she doesn't belong out here." He later said that the substance of his interview to an Associated Press reporter was that she would be displacing some other struggling male player, for whom he had his sympathies. However, the media focused on this statement. Golf Digest wrote that Singh had become "pro golf's bad guy". The Associated Press' correspondent later admitted that he had selectively quoted Singh's comments, deliberately misrepresenting the tenor of his remarks to spice up the story.[citation needed]

After Singh's win at the Masters, Ernie Els took issue with some of the negative press his friend received. He wrote an article in Sports Illustrated to defend him, saying, "Golf should be proud of Vijay Singh." Later Els said of Singh "He's a wonderful guy. I've known him for the better part of 10 years now. He's a great competitor. I think people have a misconception of Vijay. He's a really good guy.[12]

In May 2005, Singh was appointed a goodwill ambassador for Fiji. He said that he did not expect anything in return from the Fijian government for representing his country. At a press conference on 18 May 2005, Singh commented on what he said was a deterioration in race relations in Fiji, saying that for such a small country, people of all races should live together, put their differences aside, and get on with life. Relations between Indo-Fijians and indigenous Fijians had been more harmonious when he was younger, he said.[13]

Professional wins (58)

PGA Tour wins (34)

Legend
Major Championships (3)
World Golf Championships (1)
FedEx Cup Events (2)
Other PGA Tour (28)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 13 Jun 1993 Buick Classic -4 (72-68-74-66=280) Playoff United States Mark Wiebe
2 29 Jan 1995 Phoenix Open -15 (70-67-66-66=269) Playoff United States Billy Mayfair
3 21 May 1995 Buick Classic -6 (70-69-67-72=278) Playoff United States Doug Martin
4 2 Jun 1997 Memorial Tournament -14 (70-65-67=202) 2 strokes United States Jim Furyk, Australia Greg Norman
5 10 Aug 1997 Buick Open -15 (67-73-67-66=273) 4 strokes United States Joe Ozaki, United States Brad Fabel,
United States Curtis Strange, United States Tom Byrum,
United States Russ Cochran, South Africa Ernie Els
6 16 Aug 1998 PGA Championship -9 (70-66-67-68=271) 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker
7 23 Aug 1998 Sprint International 47 pts (15-12-6-14=47) 6 points United States Phil Mickelson, United States Willie Wood
8 14 Mar 1999 Honda Classic -11 (71-69-68-69=277) 2 strokes United States Payne Stewart
9 4 Apr 2000 The Masters -10 (72-67-70-69=278) 3 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
10 31 Mar 2002 Shell Houston Open -22 (67-65-66-68=266) 6 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
11 3 Nov 2002 The Tour Championship -12 (65-71-65-67=268) 2 strokes United States Charles Howell III
12 26 Jan 2003 Phoenix Open -23 (67-66-65-63=261) 3 strokes United States John Huston
13 18 May 2003 EDS Byron Nelson Championship -15 (65-65-69-66=265) 2 strokes Zimbabwe Nick Price
14 15 Sep 2003 John Deere Classic -16 (66-68-69-65=268) 4 strokes United States J. L. Lewis, United States Chris Riley,
United States Jonathan Byrd
15 26 Oct 2003 FUNAI Classic at the
Walt Disney World Resort
-23 (64-65-69-67=265) 4 strokes United States Scott Verplank, United States Stewart Cink,
United States Tiger Woods
16 8 Feb 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -16 (67-68-68-69=272) 3 strokes United States Jeff Maggert
17 26 Apr 2004 Shell Houston Open -11 (74-66-69-68=277) 2 strokes United States Scott Hoch
18 3 May 2004 HP Classic of New Orleans -22 (70-65-68-63=266) 1 stroke United States Joe Ogilvie, United States Phil Mickelson
19 1 Aug 2004 Buick Open -23 (63-70-65-67=265) 1 stroke United States John Daly
20 15 Aug 2004 PGA Championship -8 (67-68-69-76=280) Playoff United States Justin Leonard, United States Chris DiMarco
21 6 Sep 2004 Deutsche Bank Championship -16 (68-63-68-69=268) 3 strokes United States Tiger Woods, Australia Adam Scott
22 12 Sep 2004 Bell Canadian Open -9 (68-66-72-69=275) Playoff Canada Mike Weir
23 26 Sep 2004 84 Lumber Classic -15 (64-68-72-69=273) 1 stroke United States Stewart Cink
24 31 Oct 2004 Chrysler Championship -18 (65-69-67-65=266) 5 strokes United States Tommy Armour III, Sweden Jesper Parnevik
25 16 Jan 2005 Sony Open in Hawaii -11 (69-68-67-65=269) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els
26 24 Apr 2005 Shell Houston Open -13 (64-71-70-70=275) Playoff United States John Daly
27 8 May 2005 Wachovia Championship -12 (70-69-71-66=276) Playoff United States Jim Furyk, Spain Sergio García
28 31 Jul 2005 Buick Open -24 (65-66-63-70=264) 4 strokes United States Zach Johnson, United States Tiger Woods
29 11 Jun 2006 Barclays Classic -10 (70-64-72-68=274) 2 strokes Australia Adam Scott
30 7 Jan 2007 Mercedes-Benz Championship -14 (69-69-70-70=278) 2 strokes Australia Adam Scott
31 18 Mar 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational -8 (70-68-67-67=272) 2 strokes United States Rocco Mediate
32 3 Aug 2008 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational -10 (67-66-69-68=270) 1 stroke Australia Stuart Appleby, England Lee Westwood
33 24 Aug 2008 The Barclays -8 (70-70-66-70=276) Playoff Spain Sergio García, United States Kevin Sutherland
34 1 Sep 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship -22 (64-66-69-63=262) 5 strokes Canada Mike Weir

PGA Tour playoff record (8-4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1. 1993 Buick Classic Mark Wiebe Won with birdie on third hole
2. 1995 Phoenix Open Billy Mayfair Won with par on first hole
3. 1995 Buick Classic Doug Martin Won with birdie on fifth hole
4. 1998 The Tour Championship Hal Sutton Lost to birdie on first hole
5. 2004 PGA Championship Justin Leonard, Chris DiMarco Shot 10 (3-3-4) in a three hole playoff to defeat Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco who shot 11 (4-3-4)
6. 2004 Bell Canadian Open Mike Weir Won with par on third hole
7. 2005 Shell Houston Open John Daly Won with par on first hole
8. 2005 Honda Classic Pádraig Harrington, Joe Ogilvie Lost to Pádraig Harrington who birdied the second extra hole (Joe Ogilvie was eliminated when he bogeyed the first hole)
9. 2005 Wachovia Championship Jim Furyk, Sergio García Beat Jim Furyk with par on fourth extra hole (Sergio García was eliminated when he bogeyed the first hole)
10. 2006 Mercedes Championships Stuart Appleby Lost to birdie on first hole
11. 2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Steve Lowery Lost to birdie on first hole
12. 2008 The Barclays Sergio García, Kevin Sutherland Beat García with birdie on second extra hole (Sutherland was eliminated when he failed to make birdie on the first hole)

European Tour wins (13)

Legend
Major Championships (3)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other European Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 2 Apr 1989 Volvo Open Championship -12 (72-68-68-68=276) 3 strokes Australia Peter Fowler
2 8 Apr 1990 El Bosque Open -10 (66-69-74-69=278) 2 strokes England Richard Boxall, South Africa Chris Williams
3 16 Feb 1992 Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia -11 (72-70-69-66=277) 2 strokes England Gary Evans
4 23 Aug 1992 Volvo German Open -26 (66-68-64-64=262) 11 strokes Spain Jose Manuel Carilles
5 31 Jul 1994 Scandinavian Masters -20 (68-67-69-64=268) 3 strokes Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
6 25 Sep 1994 Lancome Trophy -17 (65-63-69-66=263) 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
7 9 Feb 1997 South African Open -18 (69-66-66-69=270) 1 stroke Zimbabwe Nick Price
8 16 Aug 1998 PGA Championship -9 (70-66-67-68=271) 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker
9 9 Apr 2000 The Masters -10 (72-67-70-69=278) 3 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
10 18 Feb 2001 Carlsberg Malaysian Open -14 (68-70-68-68=274) Playoff Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
11 25 Feb 2001 Caltex Singapore Masters -21 (64-63-68-68=263) 2 strokes England Warren Bennett
12 15 Aug 2004 PGA Championship -8 (67-68-69-76=280) Playoff United States Chris DiMarco, United States Justin Leonard
13 3 Aug 2008 Bridgestone Invitational -10 (67-66-69-68=270) 1 stroke Australia Stuart Appleby, England Lee Westwood

Asian Tour wins (1)

Other wins (14)

Major championships

Wins (3)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1998 PGA Championship Tied for lead -9 (70-66-67-68=271) 2 strokes United States Steve Stricker
2000 The Masters 3 shot lead -10 (72-67-70-69=278) 3 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
2004 PGA Championship (2) 1 shot lead -8 (67-68-69-76=280) Playoff 1 United States Chris DiMarco, United States Justin Leonard

1 Defeated Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco in three-hole playoff: Singh (3-3-4=10), Leonard (4-3-4=11), and DiMarco (4-3-4=11)

Results timeline

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T27 CUT T39 T17 CUT T24
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T10 T7 T77 T25 T3
British Open T23 T12 T12 T51 T59 T20 T6 T11 T38 T19 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T48 4 CUT CUT T5 T13 1 T49
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters 1 T18 7 T6 T6 T5 T8 T13 T14 T30
U.S. Open T8 T7 T30 T20 T28 T6 T6 T20 T65 T27
British Open T11 T13 CUT T2 T20 T5 CUT T27 CUT T38
PGA Championship CUT T51 8 T34 1 T10 CUT CUT CUT T16

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary of major championship performances

  • Starts - 63
  • Wins - 3
  • 2nd place finishes - 1
  • Top 3 finishes - 5
  • Top 5 finishes - 9
  • Top 10 finishes - 22
  • Longest streak of top-10s in majors - 7

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 R64 R32 R32 DNP R32 R32 R16 R32 QF
CA Championship T16 T3 NT1 3 T2 DNP T6 T56 T11 T2
Bridgestone Invitational T15 DNP T13 T11 T6 T32 T3 T45 T56 1
Tournament 2009 2010
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 R64
CA Championship T53 T11
Bridgestone Invitational T29
HSBC Champions DNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary

Year Wins (Majors) Earnings ($) Rank
1993 1 657,831 19
1994 0 325,959 52
1995 2 1,018,713 9
1996 0 855,140 17
1997 2 1,059,236 16
1998 2 (1) 2,238,998 2
1999 1 2,283,233 4
2000 1 (1) 2,573,835 5
2001 0 3,440,829 4
2002 2 3,756,563 3
2003 4 7,573,907 1
2004 9 (1) 10,905,166 1
2005 4 8,017,336 2
2006 1 4,602,416 4
2007 2 4,728,376 3
2008 3 6,601,094 1
2009 0 1,276,815 68
2010* 0 457,508 42
Career* 34 (3) 62,443,635 2

* Complete through 15 March 2010
There is a summary of Singh's European Tour career here

Team appearances

See also

References

External links


Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Sir Vijay Singh (1931 - 2006) was a Fijian lawyer and politician who served as a Cabinet Minister and as Parliamentary Speaker.

  • "One of the most disruptive forces in politics is the feeling that wealth is concentrated in the hands of an alien people." (South Pacific Conference, mid-1960s).

Excerpts from his biography, Speaking Out (source)

  • "While those who lusted for undeserved power, and their many misguided followers, were embarked upon a malignant enterprise against their homeland and its leaders, most successors to ancient warriors and the ethically naked but finely attired retailers of divine wisdom sank deeper into the ashes of their own vice."
  • "The merchants of malice continue to ply their wicked trade at every opportunity by maligning a whole race that is innocent of any wrongdoing against Fijian custom, tradition or their land."
  • "These men of the cloth sought reflected glory in glorifying the inhumanity of their sinful flock of hostage takers; but in their uncompassionate hearts, could not find the will to spare a moment to cast a comforting glance at the hapless and innocent hostages who languished but a few yards away in the parliamentary complex. They joined together to desecrate the national motto: Fear God and Honour the Chief; they violated the solemn promise. And their political outriders, far and wide, high and low, military and civilian, hastened to proclaim their support for the newly invented “cause” as defined by army officer Sitiveni Rabuka (1987) and failed businessman George Speight (2000), while occasionally proclaiming not to support the means, but had not the courage to condemn and resist their evil enterprise."
  • "Some enacted the charade of seeking forgiveness of their victims, claiming that this was their custom and tradition, but without showing a semblance of remorse for their wicked ways. Such pretence of piety will not heal the trauma of the hostages and their loved ones for their 56-day stopover into hell. Or wash away the tears of Filipo Seavula's young wife, suddenly made widow in a violent act of treason, or her young orphaned son, or diminish the daily agony of parents, suddenly made jobless, as they strive to feed their hungry children."
  • "Some of the victims may, in a show of simulated or genuine generosity of spirit, feign forgiveness."
  • "Undeserved forgiveness is unforgivable encouragement of evil."
  • "However distressed and disillusioned, the Indians will behave as they always have -- with the same patience, fortitude and indomitable spirit that their forefathers showed in the long night of the Girmit' -- "With a mind without fear and head held high."
  • "Instead of celebrating the richness of our diverse cultures, our distinguishing features became cruel dividing walls to keep us apart in ministering to the affairs of our common home."
  • "The marchers claimed to express their extreme disapproval that the Prime Minister is an Indo-Fijian … one may well ask how they reconcile their repugnant racist sentiment on the weekday with their purported devotion to the Biblical precept of the brotherhood of Man on Sunday."
  • "The forebears of the Punjas, Motibhais, Vinod Patels and other large businesses took several generations to reach their present elevated state and a great deal of self-denial and self-exploitation was involved along the way. There is no short cut to success - for Fijians and others alike."
  • "A soufflé doesn’t rise twice; neither will the National Bank."
  • "Why are Indo-Fijians supposed to be good at managing businesses but are not to be allowed to manage the biggest business of all, the government of the country? Why? Oh why?"
  • "Might we not lose more judges who find the CJ's modus operandi unacceptable, as shown up in Judge Anthony Gates's ruling last week in a matter when Sir Timoci tried to have a case in which he is a defendant assigned to a judge of his selection?”
  • "And lastly, if, after a day of rest, one should feel energised for recreation of an amorous kind, he or she must heed the cautionary chorus: ‘Never on a Sunday’."
  • "I had long admired the Chief Justice Sir Timoci Tuivaga for his many fine personal qualities and his courageous commitment to principles after the 1987 coups. To write adversely of his conduct after the events of May 19, 2000 was a painful experience, but a task I felt I could not evade."
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Vijay Singh (born February 22, 1963 in Lautoka, Fiji) is a PGA Tour golfer. He has won The Masters in 2000 and the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004 and was the leading PGA Tour money winner in 2003, 2004 and 2008. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. Vijay also wonthe FedEx Cup in 2008.


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