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Singh Suffers Narrow Defeat At Senior PGA Championship

Fijian professional and three-time major winner Vijay Singh has gone down to Germany’s Bernhard Langer in an enthralling final round at the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, a major championship
30 May 2017 11:23
Singh Suffers Narrow Defeat At Senior PGA Championship
STERLING, VA - MAY 28: Bernhard Langer of Germany and Vijay Singh of Fiji on the green of the third hole during Final Round for the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club Washington, D.C. on May 28, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America via Getty Images)

Fijian professional and three-time major winner Vijay Singh has gone down to Germany’s Bernhard Langer in an enthralling final round at the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, a major championship on the Champions Tour.

Singh entered the fourth round with the outright lead, just one shot ahead of Langer and it quickly became a two horse race when both former Masters Champions put a four shot gap between them and the rest of the field.

The pair where never separated by more than two strokes during the final round and were tied for nine holes in a row, putting on a spectacular display of golf for the crowd at Trump National Golf Club, Washington D.C. where Langer would prevail by one shot.

“I played pretty good. I think I struck the ball pretty good. From tee to green I was solid,” Singh said following his narrow defeat.

Singh said missed opportunities on the back-9 made it tough build a lead over Langer down the stretch.

“Starting on probably 11, I missed the fairway on 11 and 12. It didn’t cost me anything but it cost me attempting for birdies. I was on the green but it was long,” added Singh.

“13 I got away with it. 16, I don’t know if it hurt me or not, Bernhard made a good putt. And then I three-putted 17.”

The 54-year-old said while his ball striking was a highlight of his final round, he was far from impressed with his putting performance, leaving the door ajar for Langer to take the win.

“I missed a lot of putts out there. If I would have putted nicely, this thing probably would have been over a long time ago.

“But Bernhard played really solid, he never missed a shot and he was always on the green and he putted nicely as well, so he deserved to win. The way I played, he should win.”

Singh, who has competed in all three Fiji International tournaments on the Natadola Bay Championship Course which he also had a hand in designing, entered the Senior PGA Championship having come off an impressive top-20 finish in The  Players Championship on the PGA TOUR earlier this year.

It’s a welcome return to form for the veteran who had made only one cut in eight appearances prior to The Players Championship.

His score of 17-under par, a record for the highest non-winning score in the senior PGA Championship was of little comfort to the fierce competitor.

“It (the record score) doesn’t really mean anything. If you don’t win, it doesn’t really matter.”

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