Vijay Singh is running out of firsts to take away from Tiger Woods.
Singh broke the PGA Tour single-year money record Woods set while winning three majors in 2000, holding off a fast-finishing Stewart Cink to win the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa., by one shot yesterday for his third consecutive victory.
Singh's eighth championship this year pushed his earnings to $9,455,566 in 26 events, surpassing the $9,188,321 Woods made while winning nine times in 20 events in 2000. With Singh expecting to play four more times, he could become the first to win $10 million in one year.
"I'm going to try," Singh said. "It's a run I hope never ends. I'm enjoying it so much and I feel like every time I enter a tournament, I should win it. I'm really proud of the way I'm playing right now."
Singh led from start to finish for his fifth victory in six tournaments, the best such streak since Woods won six in a row to end 1999 and start 2000. Singh has won seven times in his last 16 events.
In only three weeks, Singh has ended Woods's five years-plus run as the world's top-ranked golfer and taken away one of Woods's lines in the PGA record book.
"It's ridiculous the way he's playing right now," said Chris DiMarco, who tied for third with Pat Perez and Zach Johnson.
"He's going nuts," John Daly said.
Still, Singh willingly concedes this: As good as 2004 has been to him, it's not comparable to Woods's 2000 because Woods won the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA. Singh's only major win came at the PGA.
"Tiger won three majors, so I don't really look at it that way," Singh said. "I'm just trying to enjoy this. I don't think I can play any better than I am right now."
Singh's 3-under 69, his third round in the sixties in four days, left him at 15-under 273. Cink went 67-65 over the final two rounds to finish at 14-under 274. Cink trailed by 10 strokes after the second round.
Cink, five off the lead when the day started, had five straight birdies from No. 7 through No. 11 to make a move, but a bogey on the par-4 14th dropped him three back. Singh then held on despite a bogey on the par-4 18th and birdies by Cink on the final two holes.
"I want to win, I want to play well and it's a good habit [to get into]," Singh said. "I had my driver working, my irons working and I made the putts I needed to make."
* LPGA TOUR: Christina Kim made five birdies on the back nine, shooting a 6-under 65 at the Longs Drugs Challenge in Auburn, Calif., for a one-shot victory over Karrie Webb and her first LPGA win.
Anna Acker-Macosko, who had missed 12 of 21 cuts coming into the tournament, shot an 11-under 60, one off Annika Sorenstam's tour record of 59. Acker-Macosko missed a downhill, 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given her a share of the record. She finished the tournament at 13-under 271, five behind Kim.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Cary, N.C., Craig Stadler became the first player in more than six years to win three straight tournaments on the senior circuit, making birdies on the final three holes to win the SAS Championship with a tournament-record 17-under-par 199. He beat Tom Jenkins by six strokes.
"I told him on the 18th green, after he made his putt, that he's too good. He needs to go back to the regular tour," Jenkins said.