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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 April, 2005, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Singh elected to Hall of Fame
Vijay Singh
Singh amassed an astonishing $10,905 on the US Tour in 2004
Vijay Singh of Fiji has become the latest player to be elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The 42-year-old, recently usurped by Tiger Woods as world number one, has 25 wins on the US Tour plus three majors.

Players were originally required to receive a 75% vote to be elected, but this was lowered to 65% in 2001 after no-one from the PGA Tour was chosen.

Singh polled 56% but another recent stipulation stated the most number of votes above 50% would be successful.

Veteran Americans Larry Nelson and Curtis Strange were second and third in the voting respectively.

Nelson , who also won three majors, had 55%, while Strange, who won back-to-back US Open titles in the late eighties, received 50% of the vote.

The induction ceremony has been scheduled for 14 November at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

It's been a long, long journey, a hard journey, I never thought I'd get to where I am now
Vijay Singh

Singh's rise to the top of the golfing tree is an enthralling story of dedication against the odds, beginning with him darting across an airport runway in Fiji to get to the nearest golf course.

"There were only 500 guys that played golf in Fiji," Singh recalled.

He was suspended from the Asian Tour in 1985 over allegations he doctored his scorecard, then spent time working as a club professional in Borneo, saving money to resurrect his career.

He then won the 1988 Nigerian Open, qualified for the European tour and advanced to the PGA Tour in 1993, where he captured the Rookie of the Year title.

"I'd like to thank everyone who helped me along the way," he said.

"It's been a long, long journey, a hard journey. I never thought I'd get to where I am now."

Singh has enjoyed great success since turning 40, with 13 victories to date, second only to Sam Snead's 17.

Renowned for the continuous hours of practice honing his self-taught swing, the elegant, lithe Fijian was last triumphant at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January.

This season he has also finished second twice, third once and was fifth at the recent Masters.





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