Golf: Singh and Lowery Eclipse Woods
Miceli, Alex, The Independent (London, England)
STEVE LOWERY and Vijay Singh both fired five-under-par scores of 65 to take the first-round lead in the Tour Championship at a wet and chilly East Lake Golf Club here on Thursday.
However, the day proved a struggle for Tiger Woods, who shot a one-over 71. The world's top player had four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey, the latter coming on the par-three sixth hole when his tee shot was long and bounced into the water.
Woods is tied for 15th after his 71, which snapped his streak of rounds at par or better at 21. It was Woods' first failure to shoot par since his career-worst 81 in the third round of the British Open.
Charles Howell is one shot off the lead after a bogey free four- under- par 66, Fred Funk trails by two, and Len Mattiace, Jim Furyk and Japan's Shigeki Maruyama are three shots back at 68. Phil Mickelson, the world's second-ranked player and Woods' playing partner for the round, did just a bit better, with an even-par 70.
"It's really a 72-hole event; there's no cut," said Singh, a veteran of eight Tour Championships. "You really just pace yourself for Sunday and Sunday afternoon. I wasn't really looking at the leaderboard much. I just wanted to play a good, solid round of golf, which I did."
Singh's round, which included one of only two birdies on the difficult 232-yard par-three finishing hole, was a model of consistency, as he hit 14 out of 18 greens in regulation and needed only 27 putts.
The Fijian was in full control of a difficult course that …
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