Vijay Singh was born on February 22, 1963 in Lautoka, Fiji. He grew up in Nadi and began playing golf by using coconuts. He learned golf from his father, Mohan, who was an airplane technician who taught golf on the side for extra money.
His career has been very successful. He has had 58 professional wins, including winning the Masters and the PGA Championship. Known as “The Big Fijian”, he is noted for his dedication and commitment to a very rigorous practice routine, often staying on the range for hours to work on his swing and putting. He served as the Honorary Chairperson for 1999 National Golf Day, which is the annual fundraiser for the junior golf program.
Other highlights of his golf career include 3 major titles (2 PGA's and 1 Masters), 22 top 10's in the majors, and $66.3 million in earnings, with only $70,000 separating he and Phil Mickelson on that list.
Off the golf course, Vijay has established, with his family, the Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation. This foundation benefits charities and non-profit agencies that support women and children that are victims of domestic abuse.