Controversy Swirls as Vijay Singh Prepares to Play in Korn Ferry Tour Opener

PGA Tour legend Vijay Singh is expected to compete in next month’s Korn Ferry Tour return tournament at TPC Sawgrass, but not without controversy. 

On Thursday, Korn Ferry Tour journeyman Brady Schnell, 35, blasted Singh on Twitter for playing in the tournament, calling him a “true piece of trash” and  a “complete turd.” 

On Friday, Phil Mickelson came to Singh’s defense, despite the two being arch rivals. 

“It’s no secret VJ and I aren’t close, but I’d like to say on his behalf that in addition to being a member of the HOF, he’s a big part of the PGA Tour’s success which financially subsidizes, and always has, the KFT. He has earned the right to play when and where he wants,” Mickelson tweeted. 

The tournament is set to take place from June 8-June 14. 

Vijay Singh will play in a Korn Ferry Tour Tournament. PHOTO:  nostalgic_fordisaster / Siyi Chen/Flickr Commons

Singh’s Career 

Over the course of his career, Singh has won 34 events on the PGA Tour, including three major championships: one Masters title (2000) and two PGA Championships (19982004). 

Singh held Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005. 

He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.

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