Singh Els Share Early Genuity Lead


First-time winners have dominated the scene early in the 2002 PGA Tour season, with five of the nine champions earning their maiden titles.
Vijay Singh and Ernie Els are certainly no greenhorns, having combined for 17 tour victories, including four majors. But neither man has won since 2000, so a victory this week might feel like the first time.
Singh and Els each shot 6-under-par 66 Thursday on Dorals Blue Course to earn a share of the early first-round lead in the Genuity Championship. The two are tied with reigning Q-School medallist Stephen Allen.
This weeks field is stacked with big names. Charles Howell III opened in 3-under 69. Three-time Genuity champion Greg Norman ' playing in his first tour event since August ' shot 71. David Duval carded a 72. Sergio Garcia shot 73, as did Ty Tryon.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods is playing among the afternoon threesomes. He is making his first appearance at Doral since a tie for ninth in 1998.
Woods was a late entry for the tournament, only after he lost in the first round of last weeks World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, 2-and-1, to Peter OMalley.
Els started Thursday on the back nine, recording 33 on each half. He birdied each of his final three holes to finish at minus 6. Singh started the proper way around, birdieing Nos. 15-18.
This event is the start of the tours Florida Swing, which also consists of the Honda Classic, the Bay Hill Invitational and The Players Championship.
Full-field scores from the Genuity Championship