October 5 2012
Vijay Singh shot a second-straight 66 Friday at TPC Summerlin, where he’ll enter the weekend in contention at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and seeking his first win in four years.
Putting himself in contention hasn’t been a problem for Singh this season -- staying there has.
Singh ranks in the top 50 in scoring average before the cut. Fifteen times this year Singh has shot 68 or better in one or both of the first two rounds of a tournament. In the third round, however, his scoring average slips to 69th best on the PGA TOUR, while in the fourth-round he’s an abysmal 143rd.
He hopes to change that in Las Vegas, his first appearance there since 1999. Coming off a month off, Singh has been in good form lately -- he finished eighth at the BMW Championship for his third top 10 in his last six starts.
Singh has carried that momentum through the first two rounds at TPC Summerlin, where on Friday he had five birdies and an eagle. His only blemish was a double bogey on the final hole, where he three-putted.
“You can't make a mistake out there if you're in the lead or near the lead,” Singh said. “You got to keep improving your score. Nowadays par does not help. You got to make birdies. Especially on a golf course like this or a golf course where the scoring is low, you got to make birdies to go forward.”
Especially on the weekend.