Vijay Singh Wins Toshiba Classic

Vijay Singh shot a 5-under 66 on Sunday to capture his first Champions Tour title at the Toshiba Classic.

Singh started the day two off the lead, and remained there through the first nine holes. But after reeling off four birdies in a six hole stretch (Nos. 10-15) the 55-year old Hall of Famer moved to the top of the leaderboard at Newport Beach Country Club.

A bogey by Singh on 17 was offset by a gain on 18 to finish at 11-under par 202, good for a one-stroke victory.

“My mindset always when I tee it up is to win golf tournaments. It’s just been a long, long drought, a lot of injuries, a lot of bad golf, you name it,” said Singh, whose last win came in 2008 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“But it’s nice to win. It’s the first win for a while, and hopefully this is the start of many to come.”

Tommy Tolles (65) was tied for the lead with Singh until carding his only bogey of the day on the par-3 17th to drop to T2 at 10-under par, alongside overnight leader Tom Pernice, Jr. (69), and Scott McCarron (68).

“Right now I’m just really disappointed because things could have been so much easier, just two little six footers on 17 and 18 there and my whole world changes,” said Tolles. “But I guess that’s golf.”

David Toms birdied the par-5 18th to post a 67 and reach 9-under par, good for sole possession of fifth-place.


FINAL TOP 5

1 Vijay Singh -11
2 Tommy Tolles -10
2 Tom Pernice, Jr. -10
2 Scott McCarron -10
5 David Toms -8


WINNER’S CIRCLE


STAT LEADERS

DRIVING
1 Scott McCarron 287.8 (T2)
2 Scott Parel 287.2 (T33)
3 Vijay Singh 286.0 (1)

FAIRWAYS
1 Fred Funk 85.7% (T41)
1 Scott Dunlap 85.7% (T50)
1 Bob Gilder 85.7% (T62)
1 Rod Spittle 85.7% (T66)

GREENS
1 Vijay Singh 81.5% (1)
1 Kevin Sutherland 81.5% (T12)
3 Tommy Tolles 79.6% (T2)

PUTTS PER GIR
1 Gene Sauers 1.622 (T22)
2 Brad Faxon 1.640 (T66)
3 Joey Sindelar 1.647 (T33)


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


QUOTABLE

“Yeah, I just put a lot of pressure on myself when I first came out here. Every time I teed up, you know, I was – I thought I had to win. The more I did that, the more I didn’t win, the harder it got.”
– Vijay Singh


FINAL LEADERBOARD, MONEY

1Vijay Singh-11$270,000
T2Tommy Tolles-10$132,000
T2Tom Pernice, Jr.-10$132,000
T2Scott McCarron-10$132,000
5David Toms-8$86,400
T6Rocco Mediate-7$61,200
T6David Frost-7$61,200
T6Steve Jones-7$61,200
T6Fran Quinn-7$61,200
T10Carlos Franco-6$45,000
T10Joe Durant-6$45,000
T12Jeff Sluman-5$33,600
T12John Huston-5$33,600
T12Tom Byrum-5$33,600
T12Stephen Ames-5$33,600
T12Kevin Sutherland-5$33,600
T12Scott Verplank-5$33,600
T18Lee Janzen-4$24,615
T18Jose Maria Olazabal-4$24,615
T18Corey Pavin-4$24,615
T18Esteban Toledo-4$24,615
T22Miguel Jimenez-3$16,576
T22Tim Petrovic-3$16,576
T22Brandt Jobe-3$16,576
T22Kent Jones-3$16,576
T22Todd Hamilton-3$16,576
T22Paul Broadhurst-3$16,576
T22Mark O'Meara-3$16,576
T22Woody Austin-3$16,576
T22Gene Sauers-3$16,576
T22Jay Don Blake-3$16,576
T22Jerry Smith-3$16,576
T33Michael Bradley-2$10,665
T33John Cook-2$10,665
T33Paul Goydos-2$10,665
T33Ken Tanigawa-2$10,665
T33Joey Sindelar-2$10,665
T33Michael Allen-2$10,665
T33Billy Andrade-2$10,665
T33Scott Parel-2$10,665
T41Fred Funk-1$8,280
T41Steve Flesch-1$8,280
T41Olin Browne-1$8,280
T41Tommy Armour III-1$8,280
T45Billy MayfairE$7,020
T45Tom WatsonE$7,020
T45Mark CalcavecchiaE$7,020
T48Jeff Maggert1$6,120
T48Jeff Brehaut1$6,120
T50Scott Dunlap2$4,545
T50John Daly2$4,545
T50Glen Day2$4,545
T50Tom Lehman2$4,545
T50Marco Dawson2$4,545
T50Wes Short, Jr.2$4,545
T50Jay Haas2$4,545
T50Larry Mize2$4,545
58Bernhard Langer3$3,600
T59Duffy Waldorf4$3,240
T59Russ Cochran4$3,240
T59John Riegger4$3,240
T62Mark Brooks5$2,700
T62Bob Gilder5$2,700
T62Colin Montgomerie5$2,700
65David McKenzie6$2,340
T66Brad Faxon7$1,980
T66Rod Spittle7$1,980
T66Kirk Triplett7$1,980
T69Steve Lowery8$1,638
T69Steve Pate8$1,638
T71Blaine McCallister10$1,422
T71Jesper Parnevik10$1,422
73Greg Bruckner11$1,260
74Dan Forsman13$1,188
75Bob Tway15$1,116
T76Tom Purtzer17$1,008
T76Tom Jenkins17$1,008
-Jerry KellyWD$0

Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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