Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Singh on Song

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Singh on Song

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Byline: By Mark Garrod

Vijay Singh claims anybody wanting to win the Masters this week needs "the whole package" ( and he believes he has it.

Singh also has an added incentive for wanting to lift the title for the second time on Sunday.

His father, who lives in New Zealand, is in America for the first time in his life ( and there to watch him.

The 41-year-old Fijian, closing in fast on Tiger Woods at the top of the world rankings, said: "You can't come here with one part of your game missing. To me this is the hardest test we play. The greens are as fast as I've ever seen them, and putting is going to be a key factor.

"But I'm favouring the longer hitters ( the shorter the shot you have into the greens the easier it is to stop the ball where you want. I'd rather be facing a 20-footer uphill than a six to eight-footer downhill."

Singh, the 2000 champion, is a golfer and a person more at peace with himself, it seems, than at any time in a career which has had its moments of controversy ( most recently last year when he said he hoped Annika Sorenstam missed the cut when she played on the US Tour.

"It's good to see my dad out here. I'm pretty relaxed. I have a great family, great friends. I'm enjoying my game ( I know I can win every time I tee up if I play the way I know how ( and I'm just having a great time."

Nowhere does he enjoy being more than Augusta National.

"Just driving up Magnolia Lane is a great feeling. You get the chills going and feel fired up," he said.

"For some reason when I come into the gates my game just lifts another level. I hope I can maintain that for the whole week. My putting wasn't up to standard at TPC (the players Championship two weeks ago), but I got one or two tips last week and feel like I'm putting a lot better.

"I think I'm more relaxed, because I don't have a need to go to the driving range. …

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