Completed a major achievement in 2003 when an incredible yield of four victories, plus 14 top ten finishes from only 27 starts saw him finish Number One on the US PGA Tour Money List for the first time with $7,573,907, ending Tiger Woods' four year reign at the top. It also continued a remarkable run which has seen him finish in the top five every year from 1998. The man from Fiji, whose first name means 'Victory' in Hindi, also nearly added a third Major Championship to his list of achievements, following his Masters Tournament success at Augusta National in 2000 and his US PGA Championship win at Sahalee in 1998. In contention in the final round of the 132nd Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, he had to settle for a share of second place with Thomas Björn, one shot behind eventual champion Ben Curtis. A truly international golfer, he has won titles all over the globe, in England, France, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast, Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United States and Zimbabwe. Included in that roll of honor are 11 wins on The European Tour International Schedule, the last two in 2001 in consecutive weeks - the Carlsberg Malaysian Open and the Caltex Singapore Masters - and the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Club in 1997. Graduated from the Qualifying School in 1988 and played seven seasons on The European Tour before making his base in America. Accorded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in May 2001...Member of 1994, '96, '98, 2000 & 2003 Presidents Cup Team.
11 - 1989 Volvo Open; 1990 El Bosque Open; 1992 Turespana Masters, Volvo German Open; 1994 Scandinavian Masters, Lancome Trophy; 1997 South African Open; 1998 PGA Championship; 2000 Masters; 2001 Carlsberg Malaysian Open, Caltex Singapore Masters
19 - 1993 Buick Classic; 1995 Phoenix Open, Buick Classic; 1997 Memorial Tournament, Buick Open; 1998 PGA Championship, Sprint International; 1999 Honda Classic; 2000 Masters; 2002 Shell Houston Open, Tour Championship; 2003 Phoenix Open, EDS Byron Nelson Classic, John Deere Classic, FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World, 2004 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-am, Shell Houston Open, HP Classic Of New Orleans, Buick Open.
1984 Malaysian PGA Championship; 1988 Nigerian Open, Swedish PGA Championship; 1989 Zimbabwe Open, Nigerian Open, Ivory Coast Open; 1991 Hassan Trophy (Morocco); 1992 Malaysian Open; 1993 Bells Cup (Africa); 1995 Passport Open (Asian); 1997 Toyota World Match Play Championship
1988 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; in money - 1; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 74.36; money ?420 or £300 (ranked 209th); best finish, 66th, Volvo PGA Championship.
1989 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.97; money ?153,457 or £109,612 (ranked 24th); Winner Volvo Open Championship.
1990 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; in money - 27; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.43 (ranked 26th); money?259,949 or £185,678 (ranked 13th); Winner El Bosque Open.
1991 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 71.18 (ranked 12th); money ?310,797 or £221,998 (ranked 13th); best finish, 2nd Benson and Hedges International.
1992 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 70.91 (ranked 18th); money ?411,232 or £293,737 (ranked 9th); Winner Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia.
1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; in money - 4; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 70.13; money $70,680 (ranked 156th); best finish,T7th Memorial Tournament.
1993 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.70 (ranked T34th); money ?222,754 or £159,110 (ranked 39th); best finish, T2nd Alfred Dunhill Open.
1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average 69.51; money $657,831 (ranked 19th); winner Buick Classic.
1994 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 11; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 69.55 (ranked 1st); money ?510,040 or £364,314 (ranked 6th); winner Scandinavian Masters and Lancome Trophy.
1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.01 (ranked 70th); money $325,959 (ranked 52nd); best finish, T2nd, Northern Telecom Open.
1995 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 8; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 70.91; money ?145,576 or £103,983 (ranked 54th); best finish, 3rd, Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 69.92 (ranked 7th); money $1,018,713 (ranked 9th); winner, Phoenix Open and Buick Open.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 79.19 (ranked T14th); money $855,140 (ranked 17th); best finish, T2nd, Doral Ryder Open. Played once on the European tour and lost in the finals of the Toyota World Match Play Championship.
1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.18 (ranked 26th); money $1,059,236 (ranked 16th); winner Memorial Tournament and Buick Open.
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 69.85 (ranked 10th); money $2,238,998 (ranked 2nd); winner PGA Championship and Sprint International.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 26; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 69.83 (ranked 8th); money $2,283,233 (ranked 4th); winner Honda Classic.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 92 ; in money -24; top-10 finishes - 8; money $2,573,835 (ranked 5th); Winner at the Masters
Scoring - 70.01 / (13th); driving distance - 279.9 / (30th); driving accuracy -67.9% / (112th); GIR - 71.1% / (5th); putting - 1.779 / (99th); birdie average - 3.98 per rd / (12th) / total birdies - 366; sand saves - 58.4% / (42nd); scrambling - 58.1% / (134th); all-around rank - 406 / (19th)
Won more money than any other player on the PGA Tour without a win
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 10; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.00; money ?897,154 or £557,813; won Carlsberg Malaysian Open and Caltex Singapore Masters.
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; rounds played - 92 ; in money -24; top-10 finishes - 14; money $3,440,829 (ranked 4th); best finish 2nd at the AT&T Pebble Beach and The Players Championship
Scoring - 69.21 / (4th); driving distance - 287.5 / (23rd); driving accuracy -66.7% / (128th); GIR - 69.5% / (30); putting - 1.723 / (4th); birdie average - 4.18 per rd / (10th) / total birdies - 385; sand saves - 58.3% / (24th); scrambling - 62.5% / (44th); all-around rank - 234 / (4th).
He has improved his yearly earnings for six straight years now. Had eleven top-10 finishes and was under par in 67 of his 96 rounds.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 9; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.27; money ?1,230,315 or £784,465; 3rd WGC-American Express Championship, T3rd, Dunhill Links Championship.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; rounds played - 96 ; in money -24; top-10 finishes - 11 money $3,756,563 (ranked 3rd); Winner at the Shell Houston Open and Tour Championship;
Scoring - 69.47 / (2nd); driving distance - 285.6 / (46th); driving accuracy -67.8% / (96th); GIR - 70.6% / (7th); putting - 1.751 / (35th); birdie average - 3.99 per rd / (19th) / total birdies - 383; sand saves - 52.5% / (73rd); all-around rank - 302 / (5th).
On top of his four wins was runner-up at the Wachovia Championship, British Open, International, WGC-American Express and Chrysler Championship. His 13 top-5 finishes and 18 top-10 finishes was the most of anyone on tour.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; Rounds Played - 102; in money - 26; top -10 Finishes - 18; money $7,573,907 Rank (1st); Best finish: Won at the Phoenix Open, EDS Byron Nelson Championship, John Deere Classic & FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort
Scoring - 68.65 / (2nd); Driving Distance - 301.9 / (6th); Driving Accuracy - 63.4% / (132nd); GIR - 69.5% / (12th); Putting - 1.741 / (18th); Birdie Average - 4.41 per rd / (1st) / Total Birdies - 450; Sand Saves - 58.6% / (8th); All-Around Rank - 209 / (2nd).
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