Singh defends Buick title

Last updated at 09:08 01 August 2005


World number two Vijay Singh successfully defended his Buick Open title after firing a two-under-par 70 to win by four shots at Warwick Hills on Sunday.

Singh made history as he finished at 24-under 264, becoming the first three-time winner and first player to defend his Buick title since Tony Lema in 1964-1965.

Tiger Woods and Zach Johnson tied for second at 20-under 260. Robert Allenby fired a 65 that included a hole-in-one on the par-three 11th to finish alone in fourth, with Dudley Hart (66) another shot back.

Singh tied the Warwick Hills course record for lowest front-nine score in his third round with 29 en route to a nine-under 63. He fired two birdies and 16 pars in his final round for his fourth win of the year.

"Nobody pressured me at all. I just tried to play hole by hole and not make any mistakes," said Singh. "It's a great feeling to defend a title."

The easy-swinging Fijian is tied with Woods for most wins this season. He has won a remarkable 16 times since turning 40 in February 2003.

"I don't know if I'm better than anybody in the game, but I have a very good chance of winning golf tournaments when I putt well. That goes hand in hand with the way I play," Singh said.

"You can putt it as good as you want. If you don't hit the ball as good, you're not going to score well. This week I putted well and hit the ball very well.

"And about my age, I feel like I'm still 30. So I've got a long way to go."

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