Singh Shares Buick Challenge Lead
Its been five years since Singh finished a campaign on the PGA Tour without a victory. And after one round in this weeks Buick Challenge, hes in good shape to extend that winning streak to six straight seasons.
Singh shot an 8-under 64 to tie Australian Geoff Ogilvy for the first-round lead at Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga.
'I've not led a golf tournament in so long, I don't know what it feels like,' said Singh, who won twice overseas earlier in the year. 'I'd really like to win. I'm going to give it a good shot.'
Joel Edwards, Neal Lancaster, Per-Ulrik Johansson, Mike Sposa and Danny Ellis are all tied for third after a quintet of 7-under 65s.
PGA Championship winner David Toms withdrew after shooting 72, citing a sore neck and wrist.
This is the third time Ogilvy has held at least a share of the lead after the first round this year. He led after 18 holes of the Tucson Open and the Honda Classic. He didnt win either tournament, but did finish runner-up in Coral Springs and tied for third in Tucson.
This is the final event for players to jump into the top 30 on the money list and qualify for the $5 million Tour Championship.
Current 2001 PGA Tour money list
Edwards, winner of this years Air Canada Championship, is currently 47th in earnings. Last weeks winner, Jose Coceres is 33rd on the money list. He shot 6-under 66 to tie Mark OMeara for eighth place.
Kenny Perry is in the precarious 30th position on the money list, $677 clear of No. 31, Jesper Parnevik.
Perry shot 1-under 71 in the first round, while Parnevik shot 73. First place this week is $612,000.
Meanwhile, its also the penultimate event for players to finish inside the top 125 on the money list and secure their 2002 PGA Tour cards.
Here are how players on the top-30 and top-125 bubbles fared in the first round:
Tour Championship Bubble
27. Steve LoweryE (72)T91
28. Stewart Cink -3 (69)T36
29. Steve StrickerNANA
30. Kenny Perry-1 (71)T70
31. Jesper Parnevik+1 (73)T102
32. Kevin Sutherland-2 (70)T46
33. Jose Coceres-6 (66)T8
34. Jerry Kelly -1 (71)T70
35. Rocco Mediate+1 (73)T102
36. Paul Azinger-4 (68)T18
122. Per-Ulrik Johansson-7 (65)T3
123. Bradley Hughes-1 (71)T70
124. Brandt Jobe-3 (69)T36
125. Spike McRoy-2 (70)T46
126. Fred Couples*NANA
127. Brad Elder-4 (68)T18
128. Paul Goydos+1 (73)T102
129. Pete Jordan+4 (76)T123
130. Ian Leggatt+2 (74)T115
131. Tom Byrum-4 (68)T18
*Exempt through 2006 due to 1996 Players Championship victory
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The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.