Vijay Singh at 50 In Contention at Frys.com Open
The 'Big Fijian' has not actually won on the PGA Tour since his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008. The same year he captured the FedEx Cup.
Singh more recently has been in the media for his very public lawsuit against the PGA Tour. In which he claims the Tour violated it's duty of care and good faith.
All of which stems from his quote in a Sports Illustrated article in which he said he used deer antler spray, which contains IGF-1. Which is a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Yet with all of that going on in his personal as well as professional career. Here he is, at age 50 just three strokes off the lead of a player [Koepka], 27-years his junior. In fact, when Singh won his first PGA Tour event at the Buick Open in 1993 -- Koepka was three years old.
Beginning his round with a bogey at No. 1, Singh would go one to card five birdies over his next 15 holes before he came to the "drivable" par-4, 17th.
Pulling his driver from the bag, Singh launched his tee shot onto the green, utilizing the slope from the back of the green. His ball trumbled back towards the hole, nearly going in for a double eagle.
He went on to card an eagle after his kick in putt to get to 6-under on his round and 12-under for the tournament. Just three behind Koepka.
When asked about his round and week so far in San Martin, Singh replied only as Singh could.
"I'm not in the lead, so coming from behind is much easier than being in the lead. I haven't won for along time, but I feel good. If I keep playing well, there is not much nerves. I'm striking the ball good and driving the ball really well and the putts have gone in, so it's a good feeling."
As for his ball striking, Singh is tied for first this week in Greens in Regulation and first overall in bogeys, only carding two thus far through three rounds.
Does he have enough gas in the tank to come from behind and beat the 'youngsters'? We'll see after the final 18 holes tomorrow if the 34 time PGA Tour winner can pull from his experience to card his 35th career PGA Tour victory.
Posted by Eddie Garrison