August 26 2011
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
EDISON, N.J. -- When Vijay Singh teed off on Friday, Matt Kuchar had already shot 65 and moved to 14 under through 36 holes at The Barclays.
So Singh was still trailing by eight shots. That was motivation enough for the big Fijian, who had also learned Friday was essentially "moving day" after the tournament was shortened to 54 holes.
"I didn't think of it that way," Singh said. "But if you know it's only going to be one more day to go, and starting off, I was, what, eight shots back, and so you play a lot more aggressive than you normally would.
"And that's what I tried to do, and limit my mistakes as much as possible."
Singh did just what he needed to in the second round, firing a 64 that included eight birdies and just one shot dropped to par. He's tied with Dustin Johnson at 13 under, now just a shot behind the leader and defending champ.
With Plainfield Country club sodden from more than 15 inches of rain over the last 10 days, Singh was able to be the aggressor, and that played right into his hands on Friday.
"You know there is a lot of birdie holes out there,' Singh said. "You can attack the pin from anywhere on the golf course. It doesn't matter what club. So that's all you try to do is go at the flags and see if you can rack up as much birdies as you can. ...
"But it's an interesting way of playing golf. You know you can go at it from anywhere and it's going to stop. So would have loved to see this golf course play firm."
On Saturday, weather-permitting, it will be more of the same as Singh tries to win for the first time on TOUR since he won the 2008 Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship back-to-back on the way to the FedExCup. The 48-year-old is rejuvenated after having a treatment on his ailing back in Germany and hoping to win The Barclays for the fourth time overall.
"I'm playing well here, because I'm feeling good," Singh said. "I can be more aggressive and not really worry about how I'm going to wake up the next morning, and if I can play or not. So I've been struggling with this for two years, so it's the first time I feel really comfortable to go out and there."