A blast from the past: Singh in the hunt at Players

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Vijay Singh turns back the clock to get into contention at Players Championship
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15 May, 2017

Singh's putter did run out of steam by the end of the round; he missed a birdie from eight feet on the 17th hole and three-putted No. 18 for his only bogey.

The 54-year-old posted a four-under 68 as one of the afternoon starters at TPC Sawgrass, mixing five birdies with a sole blemish during an impressive round. In this case, it was practice on the Players Stadium Course.

Butch Harmon has hailed the performance of Vijay Singh after the veteran produced a vintage display during the second round of the Players Championship.

"I had quite a few rounds here before I left for Wilmington, so I was quite familiar with the conditions", Singh said. We're still going to have to play really well. However, the west and southwest winds will shift to the northeast, giving the course a feel of the prevailing wind when the tournament was played in March. Singh would also join Raymond Floyd, Craig Stadler and Fred Funk as players to win on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions in the same season. "I'm rolling the ball really, really good", he said. "I was ready to play. I don't think you can ever really get too comfortable out here".

"I was playing under some pressure to make sure I had a lie-in for today because I didn't want them to get up here, and I didn't want to be setting an alarm for six in the morning to get them out of bed on a Saturday morning".

Ian Poulter heads into the final round of the £8.1 million Players Championship three shots off the lead - just three weeks after thinking he had lost his PGA Tour card. Former Players Champion Martin Kaymer, Servio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Ricky Fowler are all at even par, just two strokes from the cut line. He had only three other top 10s in 23 appearances.

Just days before the 2013 Players Singh filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court against the Tour for what he dubbed "reckless administration and implementation of its anti-doping program". His round took off with a 39-foot birdie putt on the par-5 11th hole followed by a 28-foot birdie from off the green on the par-4 12th. "I've been working really hard". "And my caddie just got excited every time I got it on the green". His ball tracked right by my mark, so it was nice to see that and for the most part I was pretty much looking center of the green on that hole. And you know, it was always going to be tricky in the wind, as well, putting from inside seven feet was awkward, but I did a very good job of that today when I found myself out of position. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk celebrated his 47th birthday on Friday by putting two shots in the water, leading to a 7 that caused him to miss the cut.

And then, he put his tee shot in the water on the 17th and that was that.


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