Saturday, May 19, 2012
Vijay Singh is back in contention
By Richard Durrett
IRVING, Texas -- There's a multiple major championship winner near the top of the leaderboard at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. And it's not Phil Mickelson.
Vijay Singh, who hasn't won on the PGA Tour since 2008, when he won three times, shot a 4-under 66 to finish the third round at 6-under for the tournament. A bogey on the 18th hole kept Singh from being even closer to the leaders.
"I haven't been in this position for a while," Singh said. "I've been looking forward to this position. I've worked really hard. I haven't stopped working and my game has been coming around but there weren't any signs of scoring. This is the first day where I kind of went out there and scored well."
Singh has one top-15 finish this season (tied for 13th at the Farmers Insurance Open), but did have two straight top-5s last August. Still, Singh will play in one of the late tee times Sunday with a chance to win.
If he can do it, he'll earn his second Nelson victory. Singh won in 2003, shooting 66 in the final round. That was before the course was redesigned in 2008.
Singh eagled the 16th hole and birdied the 17th before losing a streak at 18. Singh made a 38-foot putt on No. 16 for eagle and hit his tee shot on No. 17 to five feet. He missed a 5-foot putt for par on 18. Still, Singh could tell his form was coming around.
"I've been playing well, just letting it go here and there," Singh said. "I'd start off with a good round and then come back with a really bad one, that's what happened last week and the week before that. I'm just trying to manage my game right now and see what happens."