Superb Singh leaves Tiger trailing

Vijay Singh eagled the first hole on his way to an eight-under-par 63 to take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and John Rollins after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Classic in Massachusetts.

Vijay Singh eagled the first hole on his way to an eight-under-par 63 to take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and John Rollins after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Classic in Massachusetts.

Singh, who shot a 68 on the opening day, recorded the best round of the tournament and missed a birdie putt on his last hole to tie the course record.

With his superb round, Singh moved to 11 under at 131 at the halfway stage.

Woods, who started the day tied with Ryan Palmer at six under for the lead, carded five birdies and two bogeys to finish at nine under on 133.

“What a start,” Singh said after his eagle on the first. “With a start like that, I guess you can be very aggressive. I was feeling pretty good out there when I started off.

“I felt being five or six under after three holes, I had the green light to go ahead and hit drivers and go at pins, and I did and I played well all day.”

Singh, a five-time Tour winner this season who has been relentlessly pursuing Woods all season, can take the world number one ranking from Woods by beating him this week, or if Tiger finishes lower than seventh.

Woods has been ranked number one in the world for the last 254 weeks.

As has been the case all week, the pair downplayed the personal duel, although 41-year-old Singh admitted it was his aim at the beginning of the season.

“It has been my goal,” Singh said. “It was my goal at the beginning of last year and beginning this year, as well. But it kind of interfered with my play.

“I was too concerned about that and I wasn’t focused on what I was supposed to do. So I totally refocused myself and said, well, let’s not worry about the world ranking.”

Woods said that “winning” will just take care of it.

“That’s always the goal, any time I tee it up, it is to win,” Woods said. “The number one ranking, it takes care of itself just by winning tournaments.”

He birdied the last three holes, including a 58-foot putt at the 17th.

“It was a great way to end the day, with a bomb on 17 and a nice little birdie from the fairway on 18,” Woods added.

“Overall, I thought I played decent, I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday, but controlled the ball”

Palmer and Shigeki Maruyama are three shots off the lead and Charles Howell III and Frank Lickliter II are four shots back.

Haas, the 22-year-old son of Tour player Jay Haas, won a qualifier on Monday to make it into the field of 156.

He shot a seven-under-par 64 and carded a 30 with five birdies on the back nine.

Rollins, who won the Canadian Bell Championship in 2002 for his only Tour victory, shot a five-under-par 66 to join Woods and Haas.

The 66 matched his best round this season while his two-round total of 133 is his best since he fired a 131 at the FUNAI Classic in October of 2003.

“I played pretty good,” said Rollins. “I hit the ball a little bit closer to the hole it seemed and it gave myself some better opportunities for birdies.”

Latest 2nd rd scores in the USPGA Tour Deutsche Bank Championship, The TPC of Boston

(USA unless stated, par 71):

131 Vijay Singh (Fij) 68 63

133 John Rollins 67 66, Tiger Woods 65 68, Bill Haas 69 64

134 Ryan Palmer 65 69, Shigeki Maruyama (Jpn) 68 66

135 Frank Lickliter II 68 67, Charles Howell III 67 68

136 Jay Williamson 68 68, Hank Kuehne 68 68, Adam Scott (Aus) 69 67

137 Camilo Villegas (Col) 69 68, Bob Burns 71 66, Tim Clark 70 67, Jonathan Byrd 66 71, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 68 69, Cameron Beckman 66 71, Deane Pappas (Rsa) 67 70

138 Tim Petrovic 70 68, Skip Kendall 69 69, Craig Perks (Nzl) 67 71, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 68 70, Jeff Sluman 70 68

139 Billy Mayfair 67 72, Dennis Paulson 69 70, David Peoples 73 66, Jim Furyk 69 70, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 70 69, Mark Hensby (Aus) 69 70, Kent Jones 71 68, Jeff Brehaut 71 68, Todd Fischer 72 67, Lee Janzen 70 69, Arron Oberholser 70 69

140 Jason Dufner 71 69, David Toms 69 71, Ken Green 72 68, Zach Johnson 68 72, Dan Forsman 68 72, John Senden (Aus) 71 69, Danny Ellis 72 68, Mark O’Meara 66 74

141 John Daly 71 70, Dan Briggs 68 73, Ben Crane 69 72, Jesper Parnevik (Swe) 70 71, Brad Faxon 72 69, Neal Lancaster 72 69, Mark Wilson 73 68, J J Henry 70 71, Joey Sindelar 72 69, Hunter Mahan 72 69, Briny Baird 72 69, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 71 70, Michael Allen (Irl) 72 69, Harrison Frazar 70 71, Robert Damron 69 72

142 Robert Gamez 71 71, Jason Bohn 72 70, Pat Bates 70 72, David Duval 72 70, Brent Geiberger 72 70, Steve Pate 71 71, Justin Rose (Eng) 72 70, Hidemichi Tanaka (Jpn) 70 72, Dean Wilson 71 71, Mike Heinen 72 70, Matt Kuchar 69 73, Brian Kortan 72 70, Guy Boros 72 70

143 Wes Short jr. 70 73, Billy Andrade 73 70, Nick Flanagan (Aus) 69 74, Spike McRoy 69 74, Pat Perez 73 70, Roland Thatcher 70 73, Arjun Atwal (Ind) 72 71, Brett Quigley 69 74, DJ Brigman 74 69, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 70 73, Scott Hend (Eng) 71 72, Aaron Barber 74 69, Tommy Armour III 71 72, Marcel Siem (Ger) 74 69, Tom Carter 72 71, Russ Cochran 71 72

144 Ted Purdy 77 67, Rich Barcelo 74 70, Tim Herron 74 70, Glen Day 71 73, Bo Van Pelt 70 74, Brian Bateman 72 72, Casey Wittenberg 77 67, Chris Smith 72 72, Mark Brooks 73 71, Dudley Hart 71 73

145 Grant Waite (Nzl) 71 74, Patrick Sheehan 70 75, Blaine McCallister 72 73, Brian Henninger 71 74, Brian Gay 75 70, Kevin Sutherland 72 73, Kevin Na (Kor) 70 75, Heath Slocum 76 69, Garrett Willis 70 75, Lucas Glover 71 74, Tom Pernice Jnr. 70 75, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 75 70, David Sutherland 78 67, Dan Olsen 69 76

146 David Frost (Rsa) 74 72, Craig Bowden 76 70, Hirofumi Miyase (Jpn) 74 72, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 73 73, Steve Lowery 75 71, Jose Coceres (Arg) 73 73, Jason Caron 70 76

147 Greg Chalmers (Aus) 69 78, Jamie Neher 74 73, Chris Nallen 75 72, Kris Cox 74 73, Dicky Pride 72 75, Steve Stricker 71 76, Ben Curtis 77 70, Bart Bryant 71 76, Shaun Micheel 76 71, Woody Austin 72 75, Tag Ridings 74 73, Phillip Price (Wal) 72 75,

148 Roger Tambellini 77 71, Gene Sauers 77 71, Kevin Muncrief 73 75

149 Geoffrey Sisk 75 74, Len Mattiace 75 74, Esteban Toledo (Mex) 78 71, John Cook 72 77, Brenden Pappas (Rsa) 75 74, Phil Tataurangi (Nzl) 74 75

150 Ken Duke 72 78, Olin Browne 74 76

151 Ron Philo 78 73

152 David Branshaw 69 83, Frank Vana 75 77, Chris Couch 73 79

153 Paul Azinger 75 78

154 Cliff Kresge 76 78

156 Mike Baker 79 77

157 Trevor Dodds (Nam) 80 77, Steve Allan (Aus) 76 81

158 Jeffrey W Martin 82 76

168 David Gossett 84 84

Cut to take place for scores of no more than 142

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