Singh maintains pressure

Vijay Singh maintained the pressure on clubhouse leader Steve Stricker at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas today after hitting five birdies before the turn in perfect conditions at the Colonial Country Club.

Vijay Singh maintained the pressure on clubhouse leader Steve Stricker at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas today after hitting five birdies before the turn in perfect conditions at the Colonial Country Club.

Stricker earlier posted a new 36-hole record for the Fort Worth course, his 63 for a second day in succession ensuring the lead at 14 under.

That was good for a clubhouse lead of four strokes over Jason Day, but Stricker’s lead began to look increasingly fragile as the day wore on as Singh ate into the American’s advantage.

Birdies at the first, second, seventh, eighth and ninth saw the Fijian to the turn in 30, while par at the 408-yard 10th left Singh on 11 under and within striking distance of the leader.

Stricker’s two-round 126 broke the previous record by two strokes, but he admitted he would trade that accolade for the winner’s cheque come Sunday.

He said: “I’d rather have the trophy. We’re only halfway through. I’d like to keep making putts. That solves a lot of problems.”

Sean O’Hair was nine under through 10 holes, level with Tim Clark, who had played seven.

Ryan Palmer hit 63 today as he moved to eight under and third place in the clubhouse.

Luke Donald posted a five-under-par 65 to move into the chasing pack.

Donald’s second-round effort moved him to seven under after hitting a solid if unspectacular 68 yesterday.

Paul Casey is level with Donald on seven under after hitting a 67 today, while Kevin Sutherland and James Driscoll were on the same mark.

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