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Vijay Singh will play Mercedes before knee surgery


KAPALUA, Maui, Jan. 7, 2009
Ram Singh

Vijay Singh, 45, will miss up to five weeks of the PGA Tour season after knee surgery following this week's Mercedes-Benz Championship. He also withdrew from next week's Sony Open in Hawaii and that he would have the surgery.

He tore his meniscus before winning last month’s Chevron World Challenge, the tournament in California hosted by Tiger Woods, and was advised to have it surgically repaired. On the eve of Thursday’s opening round at the Kapalua Resort je said, “It’s quite a big tear there and It had to be done "

”It happened during Tiger’s tournament, I think going up and down those hills,“ he added, referring to the undulating Sherwood Country Club layout at Thousand Oaks.

”Either it happened that week or it just got worse that week, but it’s feeling OK now.

He won the Mercedes-Benz Championship in 2007, is the top money winner playing this week on the hilly Plantation Course at Kapalua. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, who finished Nos. 2, 3 and 4 on the PGA Tour last year, are all skipping the event.

He is the highest-ranked player in this week’s elite field of 33, hopes to be back on the PGA Tour for the Feb. 12-15 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


A 34-times champion on the PGA Tour, Singh won the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship in 2007