Vijay Singh made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that changed everything yesterday at the Chrysler Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. A tournament that for most of the day looked as if it was up for grabs now seems headed for a familiar conclusion.
Singh recovered from two early bogeys for a 4-under-par 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Tommy Armour III and making a half-dozen others play their best golf to have any chance of catching the top-ranked player.
The 41-year-old Fijian has won five times in seven starts, and he has won 10 straight tournaments in which he had at least a share of the 54-hole lead, dating from the MCI Classic three years ago. A victory today would be his ninth of the season and make him the first $10 million winner in golf.
"I haven't won yet," Singh said. "It's a difficult golf course to go low. I think I have to play solid golf -- 2 or 3 under should do it for me, I think."
Singh was at 12-under 201 and never had the lead to himself until his birdie on the 17th.
Jesper Parnevik and Kirk Triplett each had 68s and were at 10-under 203. Jose Maria Olazabal (67) and Tom Carter (65) were another shot back.
* LPGA TOUR: Kate Golden rolled in a long eagle putt on the 18th hole to cap a bogey-free 8-under 64 and move into a tie for the lead with Grace Park after two rounds of the Nine Bridges Classic on Cheju Island, South Korea.
Golden and Park were both at 9-under 135, while Annika Sorenstam was three strokes back after a 67. Sorenstam is looking for her seventh LPGA Tour title of the year.
* EUROPE: Alastair Forsyth of Scotland shot a 4-under-par 67 to open a three-stroke lead over Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia after three rounds of the Volvo Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.