Vijay storms into the lead


PALM HARBOR (Florida): Vijay Singh, who is seeking his ninth win of the season, shot a four-under-par 67 for a one-shot lead after Saturday's third round of the US$5mil PGA Chrysler Championship. 

“You just keep pace and keep your patience and see if you can get a chance on Sunday,” Vijay said. “Fortunately, I've done better than that this year.” 

The world's top-ranked golfer, Vijay has won US$9.8mil this season and would have to finish seventh or lower to not collect money needed to become the first golfer to go over US$10mil in one year. 

In Vijay's last seven PGA tournaments, he has won five times and finished second once, in last week's Funai Classic. In the past three months, he has won US$4.82mil. 

With eight wins this season, the Fijian-Indian Vijay is also stalking double figures in wins. 

He can join legends Byron Nelson (18 in 1945), Ben Hogan (13 in 1946 and 10 in 1948) and Sam Snead (11 in 1950) as the only golfers to do it by winning here and again at next week's season-ending Tour Championship. 

“I don't know about the 10 wins,” Vijay said. “I'm not really worried about the 10 wins. I just want to play well until the end of the season. 

“If I win this week, fine, then I have to do it again next week, and next week is a really difficult tournament to do. I haven't even won this week; I'm just leading.” 

After three trips over the Copperhead Course at the Westin Innisbrook Resort, Vijay is at 12-under 201, one stroke better than Tommy Armour III, who shot a 68. 

Vijay is one of just two golfers with three rounds in the 60s. 

The other is Jesper Parnevik, who is tied for third with Kirk Triplett at 10-under 203. Both players shot 68 on Saturday. 

“He's very relaxed, very focused when he plays,” Sweden's Parnevik said. “Nothing bothers him whatsoever. He just expects to win every week.” 

Said Triplett: “One of us is going to have to track him down if we want to beat him. He's not going to go out there and give it away.” 

Tom Carter fired a 65 – the best round of the day – and moved into a tie for fifth at 205 with Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot a 67. – AFP 

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