Resurgent Singh has solid shot to become oldest major champ this year

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With his game back on the upswing in recent weeks, Vijay Singh could be pondering a prominent spot in the record books.
Mark Garrod
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Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 4:47 p.m.

After what Tom Watson did at Turnberry and before him Greg Norman at Birkdale, it has seemed only a matter of time before somebody sets a new mark as the oldest major champion in history.

The record now belongs to Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at the age of 48 years and four months.

Perhaps now is an opportune moment to hazard a guess at the player who will go into the history books by eclipsing Boros -- not 51-year-old Fred Couples despite his attempt to win the Northern Trust Open at the weekend, but Vijay Singh, who has now turned 48.

And that guess is not based purely on the fact that Couples, the leader with 13 holes to play, faded to seventh place on Sunday while Singh was runner-up to Australian Aaron Baddeley. The Fijian was also third at the Phoenix Open earlier this month and has now climbed back into the world's top 50, albeit too late to claim a spot in this week's 64-man WGC-Accenture Match Play.

A month ago Singh, the last player before Lee Westwood to dethrone Tiger Woods as No. 1, was all the way down at 105th on the rankings and people were starting to wonder if age had caught up with him.

Maybe not any more.

"I'm feeling good and I think I've still got it," he said. "I'm scoring well, I'm putting well -- that's a great, great thing to have. I haven't done that for a long, long time. This is going to get me some places. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. I think it's good things to come.

"It's been a struggle for me all my career with putting. I've had great spells and not so good ones and I tried to get a grip where I feel really comfortable with - and hopefully this is the one,” he added. "I still want to get up there. I've had two years of really bad injuries and bad playing. My swing has to feel my body and it's beginning to do that."

Singh won’t be old enough at the Masters in April for a shot at the Boros record. But come the British Open in July he will be -- and it was at Sandwich in 2003 that he ended up tied for second place with Thomas Bjorn, only a stroke behind Ben Curtis.