Vijay Singh shares lead after first round of Sony Open in Hawaii
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 16/01/16 11:39am
Vijay Singh produced some of his best golf in years to secure a tie for the lead after round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The Fijian is, at 52, seeking to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history and he did his hopes no harm with an opening round of 63 at the par-70 Waialae Country Club near Honolulu.
Singh, using a cross-handed putting style after changes in regulations this season, carded seven birdies in a bogey-free round at the tight palm tree-lined course.
He shares the lead with a quartet of American players; Ricky Barnes, Morgan Hoffmann, Kevin Kisner and Brandt Snedeker.
Singh had a chance to reach eight under on his final hole of the day, the relatively easy par-five ninth, but his nine-foot eagle putt brushed the hole and he had to settle for a 63.
"I was feeling good about my body, my swing, my mind, so I just went out there - it was early - started off well and just kept it going," said Singh, whose last PGA Tour win came back in 2008
"I scrambled very well. Early on, I didn't hit too many fairways but I got it around the greens, chipped in once and my putter was working really well.
"I feel like I can come out and win any tournament if I play well. It's been the same way for the last five, six years.
"I just haven't produced the scores that I want to produce, but I'm always optimistic about my next day, my next round, my next tournament. Same this year."
There were also six under rounds of 64 for Korea's Si Woo Kim and American pair Zach Johnson and Charles Howell III.
But it was not such a good day for defending champion Jimmy Walker, who is bidding for a three-timer in the year's second event.
Walker faced slightly tougher conditions as the breeze picked up in the afternoon, with his sole high point coming at the ninth where he carded an eagle.
Two bogeys and a birdie elsewhere on his card added up to a one-under round of 69, only good enough for a tie for 68th place.