An Indo-Fijo professional Golfer, Vijay Singh has a lot of interesting stories among golfers and followers of the game. He is one of the most successful people in the game with more than 50 tournaments to his name. Here is all you need to know about the interesting golfer.
Vijay Singh Biography
Vijay Singh was born on February 22, 1963, in Lautoka, Fiji, to a father who although was an aeroplane technician, also found the time to teach Golf. He was raised by his parents; Mohan (father) and mother (Parwati). It was alongside his other siblings, Krishna Mira and Anita that they were brought up by their parents in a family that was financially disadvantaged.
Because he is of Hindu descent, Vijay and his family experienced much prejudice as a child. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop him from using anything possible to play golf which his father went on to teach him using an old abandoned course very close to the airport where he worked. That didn’t mean the two were close as he grew up very close to his mother than his disciplinarian father.
Even though Vijay Singh also had a love for other sports such as football, rugby, and snooker, it was golf that pulled him more. By his early teens, the man who would grow to rule the world of Golf had started entering local tournaments winning a good number and more importantly, building his talent and confidence.
By the time Singh had hit 16, he decided to go with golfing rather than schooling and this broke the heart of his parents who were counting on him to complete his education and help the struggling family. Without making much after 3 years, the golfer decided it was time to leave for Australia and pursue his career in the proper way. He didn’t find it easy in Australia where he faced poverty and racism.
Years to come met the man failing again and again and moving from place to place while he worked with different golf clubs and even once as a bouncer. Although there was a lot of debt piling up on him, he still didn’t give up until it all paid in 1992 when he became a name to reckon with having won two tournaments in Europe, another in Asia, and various others including the 1988 Nigerian Open which was his first victory as a pro – he became the first man of colour to win the event making fans very excited.
From then on, his career took a rather great path and in the coming years he would go on to record 34 PGA Tour victories, 13 European tour wins, and 5 Asian tours. He also has 2 PGA Tour Champions, as well as many other tournaments.
Having had a very successful career, he was ranked No 1 in the sports in 2004 and 2005. He remained in the Number 1 rank of the Official World Golf Ranking for as much as 32 weeks. More so, he has many awards to his name including the Byron Nelson Award, European Tour Player of the Year, and the PGA Player of the Year all in 2004.
His Wife and Children
One of the few people who has been with Singh through all his struggles until he became the best golfer in the world is his wife, Ardena Seth. The two have been married since 1985 even before he made any name for himself as a golfer.
He and Ardena Seth who is a Malaysian have a son together, Qass Seth and he was born in 1990.
Vijay Singh‘s Net Worth
Although he grew up in great difficulty, Vijay Singh saw his earning reach over $2 million in 2000 and by 2001, he had already recorded $3 million. He would go on to rise steadily in his earnings and worth that by 2015 he got listed among the top 10 richest golfers. At the time, he was estimated to have had as much as $75 million. He will go on and record the same worth in 2017.
Height and Other Quick Facts
1. He is 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall.
2. The man has done a lot of other jobs including teaching, carpentry work, and as a bouncer.
3. Vijay was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005. Aged 42, he was the youngest person to be elected.
4. Together with his wife, Ardena Seth, Vijay fought great poverty and defeat it via golf before becoming the best at a point.
5. He made a record at the Houston Open in 2005 when he became the first repeat winner of the tournament.
6. There is no one that has won tournaments after turning 40 as much as Singh has done.
7. When they were kids, the man and his brother, Krishna played golf but it was Krishna that was better at it then.
8. He is a charitable man, and he started the Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation, which served women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.