Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Singh hopes he stays on top this time

CARMEL, Ind. — Vijay Singh keeps giving himself chances to end four years without a PGA Tour victory.

He made four birdies around the turn Friday for 6-under 66 in the BMW Championship, putting his name atop the leader­board for the second time in his past four tournaments.

But Tiger Woods and first-round co-leader Rory McIlroy were one shot behind in the penultimate FedEx Cup playoff event. And Lee Westwood and Bo Van Pelt were two back.

"I've got to keep it going," Singh said. "I've been playing well for two days for a while now, but I need four days of good playing. Sooner or later, I think four days is going to happen. And hopefully, it starts this week."

Singh was at 13-under 131 on Crooked Stick, a Pete Dye-designed course that is vulnerable to low scoring because of rain over the past several days. The second round was played early Friday to beat approaching thunderstorms, and the times were pushed back slightly today to give the course time to recover from whatever rain falls overnight.

Woods started slowly and finished strong, with birdies on his last two holes for 67. McIlroy, coming off what he called one of the best ball-striking rounds of his life, had to overcome four bogeys for a hard-earned 68. Joining them one shot out of the lead was Ryan Moore (66).

For the second straight day, Woods wasn't particularly sharp in any area of his game except for posting a score.

"I didn't have it with my swing," he said. "Just kind of fighting it around here. You look up at the scores, the guys are just running off. I just wanted to get to double digits (under par). I felt like that would have been a good accomplishment the way I was hitting the golf ball, and happy to get a couple of more."

McIlroy's mistakes all seemed to cost him, whether it was a three-putt bogey or bad lies when he missed the green. He was helped by a brilliant approach on the par-5 ninth to just inside 5 feet for eagle.

"I put myself in a great position going into the weekend," McIlroy said. "The round wasn't quite as good as it was (Thursday). I didn't hit the ball quite as well. But I still managed to get around in 4 under par. I'm very pleased about that. I just need to try and find a little more consistency."

McIlroy and Woods are going for a tour-leading fourth win of the year.

Singh would settle for one win at this point. His last victory was the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008, the year he won the opening two FedEx Cup playoff events and essentially clinched the $10 million bonus that goes to the FedEx Cup winner.

Since then, he has coped with nagging injuries and has been regaining his form, focusing on his putting, and his confidence.

"I want it so bad that I get in my own way," said Singh, who turns 50 in February and intends to continue competing on the PGA Tour rather than the Champions Tour next season.

"I just have to get out of my own way and just play."

LPGA: Jiyai Shin followed her opening 9-under 62 with 68 to take a one-stroke lead in the Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Va. She had four birdies and a bogey to finish two rounds at 12-under 130. American Danielle Kang was one shot back after 64. Paula Creamer (67) and Dewi Claire Schreefel (66) were two back. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (70) was at 1 under. Not making the cut were Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (73) at 1 over, Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) at 2 over and Clearwater's Jennifer Gleason (74) at 7 over.





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