- Associated Press - Saturday, September 8, 2012

CARMEL, IND. (AP) - The names at the top of the leaderboard are easy to recognize for a playoff event that features the best in golf. Starting with Vijay Singh, who had a one-shot lead in the BMW Championship, four of the top six players have been No. 1 in the world.

The scores on a Pete Dye design are what look to be a little out of whack.

Dye, the golf course architect who takes delight in confounding the world’s best players, was on the range Friday morning watching them warm up. There was simply no stopping them once they got on Crooked Stick, which is soft from rain, and has greens that stay smooth because of the 70-man field.

“You come to a Pete Dye golf course, and you don’t expect to see 13-under par leading after two days,” Tiger Woods said.


That is the score Singh produced over two solid days, including his 6-under 66 in the second round that gave him a one-shot lead over Woods (67), Rory McIlroy (68) and Ryan Moore (66). Two shots back were Indiana native Bo Van Pelt (69) and Lee Westwood, the other former No. 1 who had a 65.

The question going into the weekend was how much lower they could go.

Starting times were moved up to Friday morning to beat the storms, and the players barely made it before clouds gathered, thunder rumbled and more rain fell on the course. Times were moved to slightly later for Saturday to give the course time to clean up in case the storms were particularly strong.

The other question was could Singh hang on.

It used to be no problem for the 49-year-old Fijian, who rose to No. 1 in the world in 2004 when he won nine times and was the dominant figure in golf. He won the FedEx Cup in 2008 by capturing the only two playoff events and virtually clinching the $10 million bonus halfway through the playoffs.

That was his last win.

There have been nagging injuries, confidence issues and the occasional trouble with his putting. Singh appears to have taken baby steps with those giant strides in recent weeks, however, and the BMW Championship became the second time in his last four tournaments that he had at least a share of the 36-hole lead.

“I’ve got to keep it going,” Singh said. “I’ve been playing well for two days for a while now, but I need four days of good playing. Sooner or later, I think four days is going to happen. And hopefully, it starts this week.”

Singh was tied with Woods and Carl Pettersson at the PGA Championship until a 74-77 weekend sent him plummeting to a tie for 36th. Two weeks ago, he was one shot behind going into the weekend at Bethpage Black until a 76-75 weekend dropped him into a tie for 46th. The big Fijian had a good weekend in Boston, but that only covered up a poor start.

As for what’s keeping him from four solid days, Singh isn’t sure.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I guess I want it so bad that I get in my own way. So I just have to get out of my own way and just play. Last weekend I played better, but I didn’t play well the first two days. Hopefully, I can go out there and just shoot two comfortable rounds this week.”

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