- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2016

BETHESDA — Vijay Singh took off his shoes, then his socks and rolled his pants up to his knees. His second shot on the 18th hole at Congressional sailed past the green and was teetering on the lip of the rough, just short of the water hazard that sits between the 10th and 18th hole.

Singh stepped into the water and lobbed a shot on the green and two-putted for a bogey on the final par-4.

“I was unfortunate that it went that far in and fortunate that it stayed out,” Singh said. “But I kept sinking when I got in the water. I started out with just my foot in the water and then it started getting up to my ankles. The more I moved the deeper I went, so I kind of had to play a very safe shot. I got away with a bogey.”

While Singh sank into the water, he was gaining on the rest of the field in the second round of the Quicken Loans National. The 53-year-old shot a five-under 66 on Friday, which brought him to eight under and into the lead before the afternoon wave teed off.

“I think bogey’s a very good score on the last,” Singh said. “I don’t think I’ll be losing to the field on the last hole with a bogey.”

After shooting a 68 on Thursday, Singh began his round with two bogeys in the first four holes. He sank a 16-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole, which ignited a stretch of eight birdies in 13 holes before the final bogey on 18.

“I’m driving the ball well and putting well,” Singh said. “My iron shots have been good all week, as well. The whole game is together. I just have to keep it going and focus on what I’m doing and I think I’ll be OK.”

Focusing on what he’s doing means not focusing on the fact that he hasn’t won a PGA event since he claimed the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008 — the second of consecutive victories after he won the Barclays in a playoff against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland.

With a victory in the Quicken Loans National, Singh would become the oldest winner on the PGA Tour since Sam Snead won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days.

“It would be a good thing to win,” Singh said. “I haven’t won in eight years, nine years. But I’m not thinking about that right now. It would be good to win. But it’s only halfway, so I’ll be focused on my game tomorrow and see what happens.”

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