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Singh has another über-rich friend, or at least one who claimed to be: Allen Stanford, the imprisoned financier awaiting federal trial on charges that he embezzled $7 billion from investors. Singh went from wearing golf shirts with a Forstmann Little logo (IMG's holding company) to a Stanford Financial Services logo.
"I love the guy," Singh said of Stanford. He has attempted to bail out Stanford from prison, where he has been in at least two fights. "I don't know the whole story, but he's done a lot of good for a lot of people. I don't think a person who has had six planes and yachts should be sharing a cell with six other people."
Singh is second, to Woods, on the PGA Tour alltime money list, with nearly $65 million. Last week in New Orleans he finished 65th and earned $13,376. He played his Thursday and Friday rounds with Justin Rose and Camilo Villegas. His good into-the-wind drives were 25 yards longer than theirs. He played some rounds in Ecco rubber-soled shoes, like his cousin in backswing smoothness, Couples. He used a standard putter and his new-for-2011 putting grip, with his left hand low and his right holding the club in a hammer grip. He pretty much closed the driving range, the pitching area and the putting green on Friday night. Nothing too surprising about any of that.
No, the surprises were two things he said. He shot 74, two over, in the first round. The cut was going to be low and turned out to be one under. One under! That meant he needed to shoot a second-round 69 to make the cut. He shot 68. I asked him if he worried about missing the cut while waiting for his midday Friday tee time, "No, no," he said. "I mean, in the back of your mind, you know the number you have to shoot to make the cut, but I'm not thinking about that at all. I'm playing too good to worry about that." That's the confidence of a Hall of Famer.
But the thing that surprised me most came when we talked after his Wednesday pro-am round. He was talking about his vacation in Hawaii after missing the cut in the Masters. "I was brain-dead after Augusta," Singh said. I asked him what he did in Hawaii.
"I have a big property there," he said. "I like to mow the lawn. I sit on the tractor and mow the lawn. It's very relaxing. Everything slows down. It's like meditating."
He's into meditation. In a manner of speaking, we've known that for years.
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