By all objective standards Vijay Singh is richly deserving of induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. But the path he traveled in getting there is uniquely his. As a youngster growing up in the South Pacific island of Fiji, Vijay would throw his clubs across his back, crouch down and walk 100 yards in darkness through flowing drainage pipes.
“Going under the airport runway through a drainage ditch to get to the golf club, those are things you don’t really think about when you are doing it,” Singh said. “Why walk three miles around when it takes you five minutes to get across?”
Singh was driven from a very early age to work as hard as it took to become a successful professional golfer. His father, Mohan, who worked at the Nadi airport and was a captain at the golf club, got Vijay involved in golf when he was 11. Vijay’s two older brothers were both better golfers than himself, which inspired him to improve.