1998: Singh his praises

Champion: Vijay Singh, Fiji Islands
Site: Sahalee Country Club, Redmond, Wash.
Date: Aug. 13-16
Purse: $3,000,000
Par: 35-35 - 70 (6,906 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 145 (75 players advanced)

An up-and-down from a greenside bunker at No. 17 sealed it for Vijay Singh. He converted a 15-foot par save after a difficult shot from the sand while Steve Stricker's attempt to match him and stay within one shot of the lead slid by the edge en route to a bogey.

Singh fired a final-round 68 and claimed his first major erasing his name from the list of great players who have never won a major.

For Singh, it was the culmination to a career overflowing with time spent on the driving range and practice green. He has long been known as a workaholic, taking pleasure in beating balls until darkness fell.

Two-time PGA champion Nick Price even quipped with his caddie while practicing one day a while back that he was going to stay on the range longer than Singh. Price tried, but after five hours gave up.

The usually stoic Singh was even touched with emotion -- well, a little anyway -- as he was greeted on the 18th green by his son for the trophy presentation.

And, in the workmanlike mode that Singh subscribes to, instead of taking some time off to enjoy the victory, he planned on playing the next four weeks.

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