Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singh Breezes into the Lead

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Singh Breezes into the Lead

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High winds threatened to halt play in the second round of the pounds 2.84m Mercedes-Benz Champ-ionship but Vijay Singh breezed through to claim the lead in Hawaii.

Singh overcame the tough conditions to shoot 69 for an eight-under-par 138 total, one better than Trevor Immelman (68) and Will MacKenzie (70) and three in front of JB Holmes (68) and Chris Couch (70) at the Kapalua Plantation course on the island of Maui.

"When we made the turn, the ball was oscillating on the greens and just getting a little too difficult there. The wind was howling, must have been blowing at 40 mph," said the Fijian.

Singh is in superb physical shape but he was mentally and physically drained after a day when heavy morning rain delayed the start of play by 80 minutes.

He did not do much wrong, making just one bogey at the par-four fourth, but he more than made amends by bouncing back with an eagle at the very next hole, where he hit a four-iron approach to 20ft and drained the putt. …

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