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Vijay Singh confident of getting his form back

43-year-old golfer Vijay Singh, World no.6, said that swing glitches rather than age were behind his sub-par year.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 12:57 IST

Former No. 1 Vijay Singh has ironed out swing problems, which caused his drop in world ranking this year and is aiming to turn around his fortunes on next year's U.S. PGA Tour, he said in Fiji on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Singh, who won only one tournament in 2006, dropped to No. 6 in the latest world standings, and said that swing glitches rather than age were behind his sub-par year. "I'm hoping to start off strong next year," he said. "I'm doing a lot of training. I have a month and a half to prepare for the next season. I hope to practice and be physically fit." Singh's only win this year was at the Barclays Classic in June. He's won 17 of his 29 tour titles after turning 40, tying the tour record set by Sam Snead.

"Each year everyone is getting old but I'm feeling younger," he said.

"I don't think age has anything to do with my performance this season. I think I still have five or six years more to play at the top level."

Despite only one tour title, he had 13 top-10s, and finished fourth on the U.S. money lost with US$4.6 million (euro3.6 million). However, his results at the majors were mixed: Masters (T8), U.S. Open (T6), British Open (cut), and U.S. PGA Championship (cut). "I haven't played to my best this year," Singh said. "There are only four majors in the world and these are the hardest tournaments.

"I had problems with my golf swing but I think I have ironed it out."

"I'm looking forward to a very strong and big season next year. It's unfortunate that I didn't win any major this year." Singh was in his Fijian homeland to oversee construction of the Natadola Golf Course he has designed.

First Published: Nov 15, 2006 12:57 IST