Archive for Saturday, May 17, 2003

Singh surges into Nelson lead

Second straight 65 good for one-stroke advantage

May 17, 2003


— Vijay Singh is back to getting attention for his play on the golf course instead of his comments about Annika Sorenstam. With his second straight 5-under 65 Friday, Singh took the second-round lead at the Byron Nelson Championship. He leads by one stroke over Tim Petrovic, who had a hole-in-one in his round of 66.

Singh created a stir after his runner-up finish last week in North Carolina by saying Sorenstam had no business playing in next week's Colonial and that he hoped she missed the cut. Before the Nelson, Singh said he was sorry if his comments came across as a personal attack and tried to put a different spin on his words.

Since then, he has focused on playing.

"I'm very focused. I came here to win the golf tournament," Singh said Friday. "It's Byron's tournament, and I am just looking forward to playing. My mind is totally on this golf game, and that's it."

Scott Verplank had Friday's low-round, a bogey-free 63 on the par-70, 6,846-yard Cottonwood Valley course. He is tied at 132 with first-round leader Jeff Sluman, who followed his opening 63 at Cottonwood with a 69 that included two backside bogeys on the tougher 7,022-yard TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas.

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