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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
Which leads golf fans who have closely followed Singh’s long and successful professional career to wonder: What reputation is he protecting? Where there’s enough smoke, you’ll generally find a fire, and the stink around Singh’s persona, both on and off the course, has followed him for as long as we can remember. T HE SHEER number of stories of the prickly Fijian’s rudeness to his fellow professionals, his caddies, Tour officials and the media would be hard to fabricate. Given the smear on his reputation forms the basis of his lawsuit, Singh can expect a few personal truths to be fished out, should it ever arrive in court. The PGA’s lawyers might dig up a few tales from the fairways, including one where Singh responded only with his ball brand and number when Tiger Woods wished him good luck before they teed off together. Or they might have a chat to some of his caddies, who have reportedly copped more than their fair share of the dark side of Singh’s reputation. Then, there’s the ace in the deck. Cheater. It was almost 30 years ago, but in this gentlemanly and rules- oriented game, breaking those guidelines is as bad as it gets. Breaches are never forgotten, and rightly so. Fair or not, Singh will always carry a stain, having been busted doctoring his scorecard to ensure he made the cut at the 1985 Indonesian Open. He has always said the infamous incident was a “misunderstanding”—whatever that means—but as a result of the incident he was banned from playing the Asian Tour for two years. Misunderstanding, right? SETTING ASIDE the legalities of it all, is this court case a distraction Singh really needs right now? It certainly hasn’t helped him swing the stick any better. Once the world’s No.1 player, his last tournament victory came five years ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Singh now lies well outside the world’s top 100 players (No.159 last time we checked) and will rely on exemptions to get him through the twilight of his career. THEN, THERE’S THE ACE IN THE DECK: CHEATER.
July 2013 - THE OPEN