Vijay Singh is making it look easy by winning tournament after tournament, and millions upon millions of dollars, while chasing Tiger Woods's single-season money record.
A slow-lifting fog and slow-moving players conspired yesterday to make for one of Singh's toughest days in weeks, yet his ability to turn bad lies into good shots helped him to an even-par 72 that kept him in the 84 Lumber Classic lead in Farmington, Pa.
"I didn't play as well as I did the first two days," said Singh, who started 64-68 at the 7,471-yard Mystic Rock course. "My rhythm wasn't there. I was struggling to find it all day. But I still lead by two, so I'm not that disappointed."
Even when it doesn't come so easily, Singh is difficult to knock out of the lead.
Repeatedly following poor shots with exceptional ones on a day when some of his best play came merely to save par, Singh finished at 12-under 204 to lead Chris DiMarco by two shots and Jonathan Byrd and Matt Gogel by three entering today's final round.
Singh can break Woods's single-season money record of $9.1 million set in 2000 by winning the $756,000 first prize, or, if he plays in two late-season no-cut tournaments that offer guaranteed money, by finishing second.
Heavy fog shrouded the mountaintop resort course for the third straight morning, forcing a delay and the decision to go out in threesomes rather than twosomes. That meant some players, including Singh, started earlier than expected so the finish could be televised.
Play lagged all day as a result, with Singh, DiMarco and Ben Curtis needing 5 hours 20 minutes for their round -- about 80 minutes slower than usual.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Craig Stadler already is atop the money list, and now he's poised to become the first tour player in more than six years to win three consecutive tournaments.
Stadler shot a 4-under 68 that left him with a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the $1.8 million SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
* LPGA TOUR: Leta Lindley birdied seven holes to shoot a 6-under 65 and take a one-shot lead over two-time champion Juli Inkster after three rounds at the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge in Sacramento.
Lindley, a 32-year-old pro looking for her first tour victory, birdied five holes on the back nine to finish at 14-under 199.