Fans who watched the final holes of the PGA Tour event at Pebble Beach on Sunday might have been surprised at the outcome. Vijay Singh, a former world No. 1, fell apart on the back nine and was reeled in by the rather potbellied veteran, Steve Lowery.
Under most circumstances, you'd always expect Singh to win a battle of attrition against an older player who is nowhere near in the same physical condition. Singh, of course, is a workout fiend who added a two-story weightroom to his home.
Players felt similarly, too.
"Not everybody’s in great shape on the Champions Tour or the regular tour," said Fred Funk, appearing at media day Monday for the Ginn Championship in Palm Coast, Fla. "I’m going to throw Steve Lowery under the bus. Yesterday, I came back from practicing, and I got home just in time for the playoff, and here’s Vijay Singh, who works out who knows how many hours a day plus hitting balls how many hours a day – 12 hours of his day is some sort of working out or practicing.
"Steve Lowery looks like he might do 10 minutes of breathing exercises or something. Steve is a great player, but it just doesn’t mean a whole hill of beans all the time."