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Archive for Monday, October 27, 2003

Singh scorches field in Florida

PGA Tour money leader wins Funai Classic by four shots

October 27, 2003

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— Vijay Singh never has been so close to ending Tiger Woods' four-year reign of the PGA Tour money list.

At this rate, Singh won't rule out his chances of replacing Woods as No. 1 in the world.

Singh took a huge step toward the first goal Sunday with an easy victory in the Funai Classic at Disney, finishing with another long birdie putt for a 5-under 67 that vaulted him to the top of the money list.

"I hope I don't wake up from this dream," Singh said after his four-shot victory over Woods, Scott Verplank and Stewart Cink, Singh's fourth of the year.

Singh finished at 23-under 265 and earned $720,000 to take over the lead on the money list at just over $6.8 million. He now has a $250,094 lead over Woods.

Singh is playing next week in the $4.8 million Chrysler Championship in Tampa and could further pad his lead with a good finish.

Woods, who already has played eight fewer events than Singh, is taking the week off.

Woods did well to make sure the gap wasn't larger. Despite a bogey on the first hole, he shot 31 on the back nine at Magnolia for a 65 and wound up in a tie for second at 269.

In fact, Woods picked up an extra $98,000 in a matter of two minutes when Cink and John Rollins missed par putts on the final hole.

Even so, Singh could clinch the money title by winning in Tampa, which would be worth $864,000. Otherwise, the money title will be decided in Houston at the Tour Championship.

"I'm in the best position to win the money title," Singh said. "If I win next week, he can win the next week because he's not going to beat me."

Woods said he's not playing in Tampa because he wants to be fresh for the $6 million Tour Championship.

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