It took 16 years but finally the stars aligned on Sunday, Team Thomas fell apart and Vijay Singh with son Qass got the Parental Major at the PNC Championship.
The Veej, one of the least-liked players during his regular PGA Tour career, joined the ranks of the bad-foot patrol, sported some fancy running shoes and led his son to a winning 26-under par scramble score at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club. Team Singh carded back-to-back 59s, making them the first team in the event to shoot two sub-60 scores.
The came thanks to an eagle at the par five 14th that sent them into the lead. They went by John Daly and John Daly II thanks to a run of four straight pars by Team Daly starting at the 14th hole.
The tournament looked like it would be Justin Thomas and dad Mike’s event to lose. After shooting a 15-under par 57 on Saturday, J.T. and his dad were five-under through their first six holes and looking totally like the team to beat. But they ran into a long birdie drought after that — they played holes seven through 16 in just two-under par, taking themselves out of it.
Same for Tiger Woods and son Charlie. Just call them Team Hobble. Charlie showed up in the Friday pro-am with a sprained left ankle and it got worse overnight, leaving Tiger to carry more of the shot-making load than he anticipated. After a 59 to open the show, the highest-profile twosome in the tournament could only manage a seven-under par 65 on day two that included two bogeys. The finished 20-under and tumbled into a tie for eighth place.
As for the Singh duo, after that eagle at the 14th, they came up with birdies at 16 and 18 that provided a two-shot margin of victory over the defending champion Dalys and Team Thomas.
Qass Singh was all smiles. “Way too long, but it’s about time,” he said. “So I’m thrilled. I’m so happy. This is already the best week, so this is just making it — no words can describe. It’s going to be a memory I’m going to have forever.”
Jordan Spieth, playing in the event for the first time, shot 20-under with his father, Shaun, and tied for eighth.