Singh surprised by Weir's miss

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:50 AM ET

Even Vijay Singh thought it was over, that Mike Weir was going to win, on the second playoff hole. Singh, who went on to claim his seventh tournament victory of the season on the next hole, had just missed a six-foot putt for par leaving Weir with just a little more than five feet for the win.

"It was a tough one but I never thought he was going to miss it, put it this way," Singh said. "I think earlier in the day he had a putt from the same direction and he two putted.

"I told my caddie: 'He knows the line'. I was pretty sure he was going to make it and was surprised he didn't."

The rest, as they say, is history.

BROKE HEARTS

Singh is well aware that he broke a lot of hearts at Glen Abbey.

"I know how hard it is to win at home, especially with the crowds as vocal as they were out there," said Singh, who has won four of the past five events he has entered.

"Toward the end, they were really cheering for Mike and I hope they didn't get to him. In my mind it must have affected him one way or the other.

"But I really feel for Mike. He wanted to win this tournament bad but that's the way golf goes, somebody has to win."

At no point did Singh feel he was out of it, even after he three-putted the 15th.

"Even after 15 I was only two back and I said: 'I need to make one or two birdies coming in.' And I looked up and Mike bogeyed 16, three putted from short range," Singh said. "On this course anything can happen, so I never at one time thought I was out of it."

If Weir is beating himself up about all the missed putts, Singh would have done the same had he lost in the same fashion he butchered the par-4 11th the first three rounds going triple bogey, bogey, triple bogey after pull-hookng his tee shot three consecutive times. He said it's the only time he can remember triple-bogeying the same hole twice in a tournament.

"I wasn't going to miss it left, that's what I told myself," Singh said of his mindset on the 11th tee yesterday. "And I didn't. I hit it in the right bunker and I said I can always play out of a bunker. I should have done that all week."

So, after moving by Tiger Woods and into No. 1 in the world rankings last week, Singh didn't rest on his laurels.

PUMPED BY NO. 1

"I think it's pumped me up a little bit more," Singh said of what the No. 1 ranking means. "You want to play well now, you don't want to let that position go. I'm going to try and hang on to it as much as possible. It's going to be a hard task but I'm going to see what I can do."

Yesterday, he showed not only Mike Weir, but he also showed an entire nation.


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