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October 12 2013

7:24 PM

Singh rolls into contention

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Vijay Singh may have made his Champions Tour debut last month, but he's in contention for another PGA TOUR title. He's at 12-under 201, three shots behind leader Brooks Koepka, after shooting 65 on Saturday.

Singh, a 34-time PGA TOUR winner, had just one top-25 (T-20, Sony Open in Hawaii) on the PGA TOUR in 2013. He finished T-6 in his Champions Tour debut three weeks ago at the Pacific Links Hawai'i Championship. He said work with putting instructor Marius Filmalter has helped him return to contention. Singh is now using a conventional-length putter and "claw" grip.

"My speed control is very good," Singh said. "That's given me a lot of confidence. I have a little bit more release with my right hand. It's kind of worked all the way through my game."

Singh, who turns 51 in February, made eagle on the par-4 17th on Saturday after hitting his tee shot within 1 foot of the hole. He's looking for his 35th PGA TOUR victory and first top-10 since a fourth-place finish at last year's Frys.com Open. He said he's not ready to become a full-time Champions Tour player.

"I'm playing well and looking forward to the season," Singh said. "I think the way I'm playing, I'm excited."

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