KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Vijay Singh wasn't interested in the history he made by winning the Mercedes-Benz Championship yesterday.
A month away from turning 44, all he cares about is the future.
Coming off his least productive season in five years, Singh reminded a winners-only field at Kapalua that he is still a major force by closing with a 3-under-par 70 for a two-shot victory over Adam Scott.
It was Singh's 18th victory since turning 40, breaking the PGA Tour record held by Sam Snead.
And Singh became the first player atop the standings in the new FedExCup competition, which the Tour has dubbed a "new era in golf." It brought out the old version of Singh, who delivered a strong statement that his best golf is not behind him.
"I wanted this win, and I practiced hard for it," Singh said. "I worked hard and it paid off."
How much longer can he continue to play at this level?
"Fred Funk won a golf tournament when he was 48, and I'm a lot bigger and a lot stronger than Freddie Funk," Singh said. "If he can win at 48, what makes me think I'm not going to win when I'm 50? If I'm healthy and playing the way I'm doing right now . . . five, six, 10 years, I don't know. I'm just going to keep going."
He had a lot to prove at Kapalua.
Singh had only one victory in his last 35 tournaments, and conventional wisdom held that his body was breaking down. Instead, he worked harder than ever. He worked out twice a day, and hit balls for five hours in between. He promised himself to be ready to play when he arrived at the season-opening tournament, and he was in command at Kapalua from the start.
Singh doubled the size of his three-shot lead after two holes and played the final 29 holes in blustery conditions without a bogey. Only a late charge by Scott kept it interesting.
"You don't throw in the towel ever, no matter what," said Scott, who trailed by five shots with seven to play and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 17th that would have trimmed the lead to one. "It wasn't quite enough."
Singh finished at 14-under 278 and earned $1.1 million to push him over $50 million for his career. It was his 30th career victory, tying him with Leo Diegel for 16th for career victories on the PGA Tour.
And he earned 4,500 points for the new FedExCup competition.
Scott missed his 3-foot comeback putt for par on the 17th, and a birdie on the 18th made the margin look closer. Scott closed with a 69, enough to move up to No. 3 in the world ahead of Phil Mickelson.
"I'm sneaking up there," Scott said. "It's a nice thing, but until you're No. 1, it's no big deal. I don't think I'm going to be there any time soon."