Q. You mentioned your putting is coming around. Can you go through your evolution as a putter, why you turned your back on the conventional style, and what your belly putting does for you?
VIJAY SINGH: I was putting pretty ordinary with a normal putter. I won the Masters, won a lot of tournaments putting conventional, but it wasn't consistent enough.
The belly putter is pretty much the same way of putting, it's just that it's anchored in my belly. If you cut off the extension, it's just a normal putter, which is 35 inches long. All I'm doing is anchoring it in my stomach.
It's an easier way of putting. I'm releasing the putter very comfortably without thinking about the stroke so much. Just a good way of putting. You all should try it (laughter).
VIJAY SINGH: It sticks in my belly button perfectly, so it doesn't change (laughter), unless my weight changes. Hasn't changed in about two years, so...
Q. When you get to feeling this good about your game, do you practice less?
VIJAY SINGH: I would go out and just go through my bag. I probably spend less time on the range. I spend more time on the putting green. That's why I'm putting good. Maybe I should change the way I practice (laughter).
You know, like yesterday I was hitting it pretty good. I just went out there, went through the bag, 40 minutes on the range, did my short game, went back home.
Q. When you get on a little roll like you're on, in your mind is it just a matter of time that you're going to win?
VIJAY SINGH: In all those events, I really never had a chance of winning. I had great last rounds. The PGA was the same thing. I think the best chance for me to win was in Sahalee where I was in contention. I played a 2-over last round, which wasn't very good. Vancouver last week I left it to late. I was six shots back. You can't really make up that many shots unless you play a good Front 9.
This week I started off good. Hopefully I can maintain that and take that on to Sunday. I'm playing well enough. If I just keep doing what I done today, I'll be right there on Sunday.
VIJAY SINGH: I don't know. The guys are really good out there. They're all playing incredible golf. They're not scared of winning. A lot of guys coming from the BUY.COM.TOUR have won tournaments from there. Sooner other later, they're going to come out and play well. Each year you see every player out there is going to have a good week. Some of them pull through and win, some of them finish way up there. That's how they maintain their card.
This year everybody's playing well. I don't know. I just think the quality of the game is getting better, the equipment is getting better, guys are hitting longer. Guys haven't hit balls this long before. If you give them equipment where they can gain 10, 15 yards, they're capable of winning any golf tournament. Distance doesn't matter anymore on TOUR.
Q. Given the current economic climate, some of the problems that PGA TOUR is having with sponsors right now, would you support a rule where players were required to play every tournament every three or four years to help out sponsors?
VIJAY SINGH: I mean, I'm doing that (laughter). I mean, over the last three, four years, I've played 25 events. It really is up to the top guys. If you talk to the guys that are 1, 2, 3, 4 on the Money List, world ranking, those are the guys you should be talking to.
But, you know, scheduling is really difficult. I mean, you cannot play every single week. I've played 25 events. This is my sixth week in a row. I feel like I can't go on. If you get guys to play that many events, you're not going to see results like the guys are doing.
Q. Maybe five tournaments a year would be different that you don't normally play. The tournament could say, "This guy is playing here once every two years."
VIJAY SINGH: The way we do our scheduling is totally different than the TOUR events. First of all, we pick the events that are around the majors, then we go to the golf course we like, the places we like to go to. It's totally different.
I mean, you cannot schedule a TOUR event for every player. We have to schedule it according to a schedule. That's very hard.
VIJAY SINGH: Week off, I play Dunhill, then I have another week off, I play the World Match Play, another week off, I play TOUR Championship. All in Europe mostly from now on except THE TOUR Championship.
VIJAY SINGH: I'm not playing that.
VIJAY SINGH: I have one in Singapore that I play with Sergio, Retief and Harrington. That's after the whole thing. That's just a holiday.
MODERATOR: Thank you.
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