Date: September 02, 2008

Singh seals Boston title

Fiji&aposs Vijay Singh used a hot putter to storm to an emphatic five-stroke victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. Singh broke clear of a logjam with three birdies in four holes starting at number 11 on his way to a closing eight-under-par 63 in a testing breeze at the Boston TPC. He finished at 22-under 262, clinching his third victory in his past five starts, with Canadian Mike Weir (71) second on 17 under. South African Ernie Els (70) was another three shots back in a tie for third with Colombian Camilo Villegas (73) on a disappointing day for Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard was right in the hunt after three successive birdies from the second hole but it all went wrong after a bogey at the ninth hole as he limped to a 72 and a tie for fifth on 13 under. “That was awesome. All I can say is say well done to Vijay,” said Garcia, who played with the winner. John Senden and Stuart Appleby were the leading Aussies at six-under par, with Nick O&aposHern and Robert Allenby a further two strokes behind. Singh, 45, was already the most winning non-American player on the United States PGA Tour. He now has 34 career victories, the same number as Phil Mickelson. Among active players, only Tiger Woods has more. Singh, who won last week&aposs Barclays Championship, the first of four events in the tour&aposs play-off series, also took an almost insurmountable lead in the race for the 10 million US dollars (around 5million) bonus awarded to the play-off winner. With only two events left, it will take a miracle for anyone to pass him. Singh, who started the day three strokes behind Weir, had a dream start with an eagle at the par-five second, where he chipped in from 30 feet. He added two more birdies before the turn, before wielding his mid-length belly putter to perfection on the back nine. He knocked in a 37-foot bomb at the par-four 13th, before following it up with a 60-foot monster at the next to take an all-but insurmountable lead. A bogey at the 15th proved academic, as he drained a 35-footer at the penultimate hole and added another birdie at the easy par-five 18th for good measure. Meanwhile, Garcia&aposs putter went cold at the wrong time. After finishing equal second in his past two starts, including that heartbreaking loss to Padraig Harrington at the US PGA Championship, he started the day with high hopes. Three successive birdies from number two surely made Garcia think it was going to be third time lucky, but it was not to be. Garcia&aposs problems started when he lipped-out par putts at the ninth and 10th holes, and another bogey at number 13 was the final nail in the coffin. He then took too little club at the par-three 16th, his wedge clattering against the rock wall guarding the green and ricocheting back in the drink, leading to a double bogey. But as it turned out, it would have taken something special even to challenge Singh. Deutsche Bank Championship, Boston, Scores from Round 4 (Par 71) -22: Vijay Singh 64 66 69 63 -17: Mike Weir 61 68 67 71 -14: Ernie Els 66 65 69 70, Camilo Villegas 68 66 63 73 -13: Tim Herron 72 67 67 65, Sergio Garcia 67 64 68 72 -12: Chad Campbell 67 70 69 66, Justin Leonard 69 70 66 67, Jim Furyk 66 65 69 72 -11: Steve Marino 66 66 71 70, Ken Duke 66 67 70 70, Ben Crane 72 65 63 73 -10: Steve Stricker 69 67 70 68, Ryugi Imada 69 65 68 72 -9: Johnson Wagner 68 65 74 68, Hunter Mahan 70 64 72 69, Steve Flesch 68 65 73 69, Angel Cabrera 67 68 69 71, Heath Slocum 64 68 69 74, Tim Clark 66 62 73 74 Also: -6: John Senden (Australia) 69 69 70 70, Stuart Appleby (Australia) 70 66 70 72 -4: Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 69 66 73 72, Robert Allenby (Australia) 70 67 71 72 -3: Jason Day (Australia) 70 66 74 71 +2: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 67 70 73 76