News & ToursJanuary 15, 2016

Old man's game: Putting Vijay Singh's age into perspective


As of late, Vijay Singh has made more waves off the course than on it, which isn't necessarily surprising: A month away from his 53rd birthday, the three-time major winner is hitting an age where, historically, golfers fade into the sunset.

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Yet, Singh's name is atop the Sony Open leaderboard after Day 1. If he holds on to win, he would best Sam Snead's record as the oldest victor in PGA Tour history. Given that golf is in the midst of a youth revolution, nothing to sneer at.

To give this accomplishment the gravitas is deserves, here are some age-centric notes on Singh:

  • Vijay was born two days after Charles Barkley. Sir Charles, who enjoyed a long career by NBA standards with 16 seasons in the league, retired in 2000.

  • Singh is older than two of the top three Republican presidential nominees (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio).

  • Singh has been enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame for 10 years.

  • Singh was born in 1963. John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States, Winston Churchill was still alive, and the Beatles were a month away from releasing their first studio album.

  • Singh turned pro in 1982, making his career older than top-10 players like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlory, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed.

  • Singh has been eligible for the Champions Tour for three years.

  • Singh won his first European Tour victory in 1989. The Order of Merit winner in '89 was Ronan Rafferty. Haven't heard of him? That's because Ronan hasn't played in a major since 1995.

  • Singh grabbed PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1993. The biggest films that summer were Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Fugitive.

  • He played in the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994.

But perhaps no stat illustrates Vijay's age than this: his last win came in 2008, the same summer Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open on one leg.

That, my friends, is a long, long time ago.