Singh says not ready to swing with the grey-hair set

Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:07am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bullying golf's ageing luminaries on the PGA's Champions Tour is an option that sprightly 50-year-old Vijay Singh would rather not take as he battles to rebuild confidence following a troubled year marred by a doping controversy.

The big Fijian made his Champions Tour debut in Hawaii in September but was not enamoured of the experience, and still fancies himself a threat on the regular tour despite five years without a win.

"I played one (Champion's event) a couple of months ago. It was different," the former world number one told reporters on Wednesday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where he will contest this week's Australian Masters against reigning champion Adam Scott and world number eight Matt Kuchar.

"I'm not looking really forward to playing there at the moment."

The last of Hall of Famer Singh's 34 U.S. PGA Tour titles was the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008, but the three-times major champion showed he was far from a spent force with a runner-up finish at the season-opening Open.

That was followed by a T23 result at the Las Vegas Open and a disappointing missed cut at McGladrey Classic in Georgia at the weekend, but Singh feels confident enough about his game to dismiss his last result as a blip.

"My game's pretty good right now. I had a pretty ordinary season last and a couple before that with a couple of operations on my knee," he said.

"But this is the first year that I feel like I'm able to compete again and my games coming around.   Continued...