New No. 1 Vijay now eyeing Canadian conquest

OAKVILLE (Canada): Vijay Singh, newly installed as the number one golfer in the world, says he won't change his approach for the Canadian Open which started yesterday at the at the Glen Abbey Golf Club. 

With a victory on Sunday, Vijay overtook Tiger Woods as the best golfer in the world, ending Woods' remarkable streak of 264 weeks atop the rankings. 

He held off Woods for his sixth victory of the year, best on the PGA Tour. 

“It was so gruelling that last day Vijay Singh said. “I was more into trying to win the golf tournament, which I did and it took care of the other half of it.” 

Many golfers – including Woods – are skipping the Canadian Open to prepare for next week's Ryder Cup, a match-up of the best golfers in the United States v Europe. 

As a native of Fiji, Vijay is not eligible, so he decided to play one more event before letting it all sink in. 

“I haven't had a chance to celebrate yet,” said Vijay, who heads the money list with nearly US$7.9mil. “When I go back home next week, I will obviously celebrate. When you show up this morning, it's another golf tournament and you've got to take that totally out of your mind.” 

It is that focus and commitment that allowed Vijay to supplant Woods. While Woods has tinkered with his swing, parted ways with his coach and won just once this year, Vijay has been the steadiest player on the tour with an unwavering commitment to playing his best in every tournament. 

Vijay has made 23 of 24 cuts and leads the tour in birdies (377), eagles (15), and top-10 finishes (13). He has won three of the last four events he has entered, including last month's PGA Championship. 

“You want to win a golf tournament,” he said. “My mind-set is that way, although it's a great honour to be that (No. 1). But you've got to make sure where your focus is, and this week it's the Bell Canadian Open.” 

A handful of Ryder Cup players also are focused on this week's event, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Among them is Masters champion Phil Mickelson, who left Titleist for Callaway earlier this week and is playing north of the border for the first time in 10 years. 

Also entered are Ryder Cup teammates Davis Love and Stewart Cink. Also on hand is lefthander Mike Weir, the only Canadian to win the Masters. – AFP 

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