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Vijay Singh's track record in Tulsa is one to be envied. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Vijay Singh's track record in Tulsa is one to be envied. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Notebook: History indicates Singh might be good pick

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Vijay Singh has consistently excelled in previous events at Southern Hills. Plus, keep your eye on the last group on Sunday, Andres Romero is on the move in more ways than one, several winners this year share success in one stat category, and more.

TULSA, Okla. -- He's never a bad pick, but Vijay Singh might be a good player to watch this week at Southern Hills. The Tulsa course has hosted four events over the past 15 years -- the 1994 PGA Championship, the 1995 and 1996 TOUR Championships and the 2001 U.S. Open -- and Singh has finished in the top-10 in three of those tournaments. He was sixth at the 1995 TOUR Championship, tied for seventh at the 2001 U.S. Open and tied for ninth at the 1996 TOUR Championship.

If a first-time major championship winner captures this week's PGA Championship, it will mark the first time since 2003 that all four majors were won by four different first-time major champions. In 2003, Mike Weir won the Masters, Jim Furyk captured the U.S. Open, Ben Curtis prevailed at the Open Championship and Shaun Micheel took home the Wannamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship. This year, Zach Johnson won the Masters, while Angel Cabrera was victorious at the U.S. Open and Padraig Harrington won the Claret Jug at the Open Championship.

The last time Southern Hills Country Club hosted a PGA TOUR event was in 2001, when the course was the site of the U.S. Open. Here are the top-10 finishers in that event, won by Retief Goosen: Mark Brooks (second), Stewart Cink (third), Rocco Mediate (fourth), Paul Azinger and Tom Kite (tied for fifth) and Angel Cabrera, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Kirk Triplett (tied for seventh).

The winner of the PGA Championship has come out of the last grouping in the final round in each of the last 11 years. Steve Elkington (1995) was the last PGA Championship winner not to play in the final group on Sunday. He was tied for fifth entering the final round.

In 2007, all three major winners have not played in the final group. Zach Johnson entered the final round at the Masters tied for fourth, while Angel Cabrera was tied for seventh after 54 holes at Oakmont and Padraig Harrington was tied for third at Carnoustie.

David Toms still holds the PGA Championship 72-hole record, when he had a 15-under 265 at the par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001. Last year, Tiger Woods had an 18-under 270 at the par-72 Medinah Country Club. Those are the two lowest scores in relation to par in the history of the tournament since it changed its format to stroke play in 1958.

The 18-hole mark at the PGA Championship is shared by eight players, all with 63s. The first came in 1975 by Bruce Crampton (7 under). In 1982 at Southern Hills, Raymond Floyd had a 63 (7 under), followed by Gary Player in 1984 (9 under), Vijay Singh in 1993 (8 under), Brad Faxon and Michael Bradley in 1995 (8 under), Jose Maria Olazabal in 2000 (9 under), Mark O'Meara in 2001 (7 under) and Thomas Bjorn in 2005 (7 under).

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There are 26 rookies on the PGA TOUR this year and if the season ended today, 13 of them would qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.

How good was Steve Flesch in winning last week's Reno-Tahoe Open? He led the field in Driving Distance and was third in Driving Accuracy. He was also second in Greens In Regulation. The victory gave him a huge boost in the FedExCup standings as he jumped from a precarious 140th all the way to 79th.

Andres Romero has made a remarkable move up The Presidents Cup eligibility list over the last three weeks. Prior to the Open Championship, Romero was 35th in the standings for the International team. Following his third-place finish at the Open Championship, his win at the Deutsche Bank Players' Championship and a tie for sixth at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, he's climbed all the way to 10th in the standings with just one week remaining. During that same span, he's gone from 114th in the Official World Golf Rankings all the way to 25th.

It's pretty rare to win the same event on TOUR three years in a row. In fact, after Tom Watson won his third consecutive Byron Nelson Classic in 1980, no one performed the feat until Tiger Woods won his third consecutive Memorial Tournament in 2001. As difficult as the task has been, Tiger will begin the 2008 PGA TOUR season looking for his fourth consecutive win in three different events -- the Buick Invitational, the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

None of the top-10 players in Driving Distance on TOUR have won a tournament this season, but players ranked in the top-10 in Driving Accuracy have won four -- Zach Johnson has two while Fred Funk and Jim Furyk have one each.

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