9 Jan 2009

Vijay Singh to miss five weeks

2:06 pm on 9 January 2009

Fiji's Vijay Singh, a three-time major golf champion, will have knee surgery after this week's season-opening event and miss five weeks.

Singh, who led last year's US PGA Tour with just over $11 million, and won the season-ending play-off crown, will play in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, a Maui event for 2008 title winners, before the surgery.

The world number five, Singh is the top-rated player in the opener with Tiger Woods still sidelined by a knee injury and Spain's Sergio Garcia, American Phil Mickelson and Ireland's Padraig Harrington all starting the season later.