Singh’s work ethic remains unrelenting

Hall of Famer Vijay Singh’s work ethic is legendary and appears to have waned little as he approaches his 51st birthday early next year.

After battling world number two Adam Scott down the stretch on Sunday for the Talisker Masters crown, before eventually finishing in 3rd place at ten-under, many would expect that he’d have plenty of preparation for the perils of a firming Royal Melbourne golf course and could put his feet up a little to recharge his batteries ahead of this week’s $8 million World Cup of Golf.

Vijay Singh Vijay Singh (Credit: Anthony Powter)

However, there he was on the golf course mid-morning Tuesday, working alone with his caddie almost exclusively on his short game.

Many of the players who had arrived from the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai came to the course as Singh was already into his third hour of practice, dropping balls at the base of the rise fronting the treacherous 4th green before making his way to the short uphill 5th hole to hit shot after shot from the rear bunkers to various pins placements.

Prior to the Australian Masters, Singh’s last appearance at the course was in the 1998 Presidents Cup and it was clear he was leaving no stone unturned to refamiliarise himself with the nuances of the layout.

Temperatures topping 30 degrees and gusting winds had green staff watering greens, although forecasted cooler conditions should ensure the course is in superb condition at the start of play on Thursday.