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July 5 2012

4:55 PM

Singh surprises himself with 63

Interview: Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh discusses his opening-round 63.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Vijay Singh shot a 7-under 63 Thursday to take the lead at The Greenbrier Classic. Even he couldn’t believe it.

“Gosh, I don't know where that came from,” Singh said. “I've been playing pretty good golf for a while but just never got any scoring going.”

He did just that at The Old White TPC, birdieing his last four holes to shoot his lowest score since the final round of the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Singh won that week outside Boston, and he’s in good shape to make a run at a title here.

The 49-year-old went out in a ho-hum 1 under, then turned hit the accelerator on the back nine.

Singh birdied the 11th and 12th holes before pouring another from 36 feet on the par-3 15th. He followed with three more birdies the next three holes, making a 6-footer on the unique par-3 finishing hole.

“The greens are receptive to good shots, so if you hit good shots to the pin, they're going to stop,” Singh said.

Singh hit his share of them with 14 greens in regulation and just 25 putts.

It was certainly a turnaround from his last round. Singh shot 81 in the final round of the AT&T National, where he was in contention through two rounds before fading on the weekend.

Thursday was a different story, though.

“It's my first good round of the year, I would say, that I felt really comfortable with,” Singh said. “It's a good way to start a tournament. I'm looking forward to the rest of the week.”

Especially if he plays like this.

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