Singh leads at Mystic Rock

World number one Vijay Singh remains on course for yet another tournament victory, as he chases Tiger Woods' single-season money record.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Heavy fog shrouded the Mystic Rock Golf Course for the third straight morning, forcing a delay in play and the decision to go out in threesomes rather than twosomes. That meant that some players, including leader Vijay Singh, started earlier than expected so the finish could be televised. Play lagged all day as a result, with Singh, Chris DiMarco and Ben Curtis needing 5 hours and 20 minutes for their round - about 80 minutes slower than usual. Despite receptive greens, the slow pace caused some players to slow in the afternoon. Joey Sindelar wasn't able to shoot a low score, but played a steady round of even-par-72 to remain tied at 7-under-par heading into Sunday's final round. Matt Gogel had five birdies in his round to move into a tie for third with Jonathan Byrd. Byrd had a bogey-free round of 5-under-67 to close the day on 9-under-par for the tournament. John Daly was among a group of nine players at 6-under par after his round of 2-under-par 70. DiMarco, one of only three U.S. team members competing after last weekend's Ryder Cup disappointment in Detroit, repeatedly tried to close the gap on Singh. But the big Fijian held him off each time despite being in the 70s for only the second time in 11 rounds. DiMarco's three birdies on the front nine seemed a portend of a possible big day, but he bogeyed the last two holes and three of the final five to settle for a one-under 71 that cut only one shot off the three-shot lead that Singh brought into the third round. Singh's lead was down to one after he bogeyed No. 11, but DiMarco gave a stroke back with a bogey at the par-4 14th. Singh then got up and down with a delicate chip from the fringe to save par on the par-4 15th, before making an even better recovery at the par-5, 526-yard 16th. After hitting his second shot into the water, Singh needed to chip in from 25 feet along the right front fringe to save par - and did exactly that, avoiding a two-shot swing on a hole DiMarco birdied. Singh can break Tiger Woods' single-season money record of $9.1 million set in 2000 by winning the $756,000 first prize. (AP)