52-year-old Singh (63) could become oldest Tour winner


Perhaps the PGA Tour isn't being entirely taken over by the next generation.

More than seven years after his last Tour victory, Vijay Singh turned back the clock with a 7-under 63 in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii. The effort gave the Fijian a share of the early lead, and it put him in contention to perhaps become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history.

Singh will be 52 years, 10 months and 26 days old during Sunday's final round at Waialae Country Club - 18 days older than Sam Snead was when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. While 54 holes remain between Singh and the trophy, it's not an entirely far-fetched scenario considering Davis Love III captured the Wyndham Championship in August at age 51.

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Singh is a life member on the PGA Tour having won more than 20 times, and while he is eligible to play the Champions Tour he continues to craft a full slate of events against players half his age. Last season he made 23 starts on the main circuit, highlighted by a T-10 finish at the Valspar Championship, while his results this season include a missed cut in Las Vegas and a T-44 finish at the RSM Classic.

His opener in Honolulu began with two birdies on his first three holes, as Singh played the back nine in 3-under 32. He added four more birdies on his inward half, marking his lowest score since an opening 63 at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic. It gave him a share of the lead alongside Ricky Barnes and Morgan Hoffmann, both of whom are in search of their first career victory.

Singh, on the other hand, notched his 34th and most recent victory at the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship, his second win in as many weeks and one that clinched the FedEx Cup title that season.