Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

This Week on Tour; Treatments Spark Singh

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

This Week on Tour; Treatments Spark Singh

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Byline: Garry Smits

Three weeks ago, Vijay Singh was coming off a summer in which he either missed the cut or withdrew from four of seven events and had sunk to 42nd on the FedEx Cup points list and 16th on the International Presidents Cup points list.

But since flying to Germany and having his back treated at the same facility that Fred Couples recently visited, Singh tied for fourth at the Wyndham Championship and last week tied for third at The Barclays, the first PGA Tour playoff event.

Singh has jumped to eighth on the FedEx Cup points list entering this week's Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston (where he has won twice) and is 12th on the Presidents Cup points list.

"It's worked miracles," Singh told the Associated Press, about his treatment. "I'm feeling good. I can be more aggressive. ... I've been struggling with this for two years, and it's the first time I feel really comfortable."

Singh, already in the World Golf Hall of Fame, has shot in the 60s in the seven competitive rounds he's played over the past two tournaments and is a cumulative 29-under-par.

Singh, 48, is the only international player to have competed in all eight Presidents Cups to date. He has this week and next week's BMW Championship to earn points and get into the top 10 for an automatic spot on Greg Norman's team that will face the U.S. in Australia in November.



Since getting treatments in Germany for a bulging disk in his back, the Ponte Vedra Beach resident has tied for fourth and tied for third in his past two events, his first top-10 finishes since May.



Since finishing among the top 10 three times early in the season, the Fernandina Beach resident has missed nine of 10 cuts, including his past seven.


Tiger Woods might not be able to play in his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge Dec. 1-4, unless he's among the top 50 in the world as of Sept. 20. That is the standard for invitation to the event, and Woods is 38th. There is a mathematical chance that enough players could jump Woods and push him below No. …

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