Vijay Singh was an afterthought following the PGA Championship. Not only was he in the middle of the pack in the FedEx Cup, he was 16th in the Presidents Cup standings and likely to miss the matches for the first time in its history, dating to 1994.
Two weeks have changed everything.
Singh shot 65 on the last day at Greensboro to tie for fourth. A week later, he played in the final group and tied for third at The Barclays. The 48-year-old Fijian is No. 8 in the FedEx Cup and is No. 12 in the Presidents Cup standings, with two tournaments remaining to boost his world ranking and go back to Australia.
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Singh went to Germany for shots in his back, as did Fred Couples a few days before him.
"It's worked miracles," Singh said. "I'm feeling good. I can be more aggressive and not really worry about how I'm going to wake up the next morning, and if I can play or not. So I've been struggling with this for two years. It's the first time I feel really comfortable."
Singh blamed his back problem on age and his work ethic. No one has dug more trenches in the dirt over the years. He said as he got older, he began having trouble with a bulging disk.
"If you're not playing golf, it's fine," he said. "But if you're hitting the ball day in and day out, it's going to take a toll. I thought I was a bionic man. But the amount of practice you put in, sooner or later it's going to take its toll. And now I'm paying for it."
Singh said he tried to alleviate the pain by shortening his swing during practice.
"Now, I'm starting to swing the way I used to swing," he said.