Singh scouts Whistling Straits
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Vijay Singh’s game has picked up a bit since he battled through a back injury in the spring, for he put together three top-13 finishes in June and July. On one hand, he said at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, “Lately my game has been so inconsistent.” On the other, he said, “I’m swinging really well.”
For certain, his mood got a boost before coming to Akron when he played practice rounds for two days at Whistling Straits, site of his 2004 PGA Championship victory that cemented his eventual berth in the World Golf Hall of Fame. It was a pleasant visit for a 47-year-old in search of winning ways.
“It was a good feeling,” said Singh, who went in early because practice rounds tournament week tend to get crowded. “It brought back great memories, about what I did there and about what I can do.”
Singh found Whistling to be a “tough, tough golf course,” one that was greener than when he won there in a playoff over Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. The three played off at 8-under 280. “There’s a lot more grass and rough, but it’s in great, great shape.”
Singh’s latest range move at the WGC? He was pausing at the top of full swings to slow down his transition move. Singh went on to shoot 6-over 286 at Firestone and tied for 58th.