Vijay Singh leads at Buick Classic

Vijay Singh shot an eight-under 63 to take the first-round lead on Thursday in the Buick Classic.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Many of the world's best players were in Westchester, New York on Thursday for the final PGA Tournament before next week's US Open. Masters champion Phil Mickelson opened with a 69 in an event that features 25 of the top 30 players on the PGA money list. Ernie Els, twice a champion at the Buick Classic, has come into the tournament off a victory in the Memorial. At the end of the first round at Westchester, the South African was five strokes off the lead at 68 in a large group that included Davis Love III, David Toms and Padraig Harrington. Frost's strokes David Frost, the 1992 winner on the hilly, tree-lined course, opened with a 66. The 44-year-old Frost won the last of his 10 PGA Tour titles back in 1997. The ever-popular Fred Couples, meanwhile, topped a large group at four-under par 67. Frederick Jacobson one-putted the first six greens in his morning round in perfect scoring conditions, highlighted by a 60-foot eagle on the par-five fifth hole. The Swede has four top-10 finishes in 12 starts this year, his first full season on the PGA Tour. Last year, he won three times on the European tour and had four top 10s in eight PGA Tour appearances. With a 64 on Monday, he finished the day one off the lead. That lead was provided by Vijay Singh. Singh had nine birdies - eight from inside 10 feet - and one bogey to finish a stroke off the course record set by Dan Sikes in 1967 and matched by Jim Wright (1976) and Peter Jacobsen (1982). The big Fijian, the tour leader with three victories and earnings of US$4,448,861, birdied six of his final eight holes. (AP)