Singh shoots 63 to lead Greenbrier
By John Raby ,APWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia -- Vijay Singh and Jeff Maggert sent reminders that they're still able to compete with the younger crowd by posting strong opening rounds at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday.
July 7, 2012, 12:14 am TWN
Singh had his best round in six months, shooting a 7-under 63, to take a one-stroke lead over Maggert, Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores — and leave Tiger Woods eight shots behind.
“Gosh, I don't know where that came from,” the 49-year-old Singh said. “I've been playing pretty good golf for a while, but just never got any scoring going. But today seemed I hit it close and drove the ball really well, hit a lot of greens and made some nice putts.”
Sixty-two players broke par on the Old White TPC course, with the greens far more forgiving than last year when they were reseeded and Scott Stallings won at 10 under.
Woods wasn't one of them. Coming off a victory Sunday in the AT&T National, he struggled with his putter in a 1-over 71 in his final tuneup for the British Open in two weeks.
Saying the greens offered slower rolls than those in his past three tournaments, Woods needed 31 putts on the course he played for the first time Wednesday.
“I was a little bit off with my game, and on top of that I didn't have the speed of these greens at all,” said Woods, the tour leader this year with three victories. “I missed literally every single putt high today.”
Singh had his best effort since an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January.
Singh is playing in his ninth tournament in 10 weeks with two top-20 finishes in that span. Last week, he also got off to a fast start but shot 81 in the final round and tied for 49th.
Something clicked Thursday, when he made six birdies on the back nine, finishing with four straight.
“Hopefully it keeps going,” Singh said. “I don't feel tired. I feel really energized. I've been working really hard on my game, so it's nice to see something happen.”
Singh earned the more recent of his 34 PGA Tour wins four years ago and will be eligible to join the Champions Tour in February.