Honda Classic: Vijay Singh Can Become PGA Tour’s Oldest Winner

Honda Classic: Vijay Singh Can Become PGA Tour’s Oldest Winner

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Vijay Singh’s last PGA Tour victory was in 2008. His only win at the Honda Classic was in 1999, on a course that he could not remember. And he arrived at PGA National a few days ago wondering if his game was still good enough for him to be competitive.

So far, he has to like what he is seeing. And on Sunday, he will have a shot at making history.

Singh, who turned 56 on Feb. 22, has a chance to become the oldest winner on the PGA Tour. His round of 5-under-par 65 on Saturday put him at 6 under for the week, one shot behind the leader, Wyndham Clark. They will be in the final pairing on Sunday. Singh has been a professional longer than the 25-year-old Clark has been alive.

“I’ve worked pretty hard,” Singh said. “I’m physically quite capable of doing it. Mentally, I’m going to go out there and see how my mind works.”

There have been seven players to win on the PGA Tour after their 50th birthday. The oldest was Sam Snead at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days in the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open, and the most recent was Davis Love III, who was 51 when he won the Wyndham Championship in 2015,

Rickie Fowler, who shot 66 and was alone in fifth at 5 under, said of Singh: “He’s not as long as he used to be, but on this golf course, you don’t necessarily have to be long. It’s about getting the ball in the fairway and hitting your lines and hitting numbers.”

Singh, Keith Mitchell (70) and Kyeong-Hoon Lee (68) are all one shot off Clark’s lead. Clark opened with five birdies in his first seven holes before giving a bit back as the wind started to pick up at PGA National.

Forecasters say the breezes will grow stronger, and that means Sunday could be wild. There are 28 players five shots of the pace or better. Brooks Koepka (70); the first-round leader, Jhonattan Vegas (69); and Michael Thompson (66) were at 4 under, and Sergio García shot 70 for the second straight day to reach 3 under.

Clark’s run of 122 holes without a three-putt ended at the par-3 15th, the start of the three-hole Bear Trap stretch. But he made enough good shots to end the day with the 54-hole lead.

“I felt like I managed where I hit the ball,” Clark said. “I put it in good spots. As long as I keep giving myself chances to make putts, I think I can win.”

Singh is using a longer putter, something he says Bernhard Langer talked him into trying. Even though there are more than a few gray hairs wisping out from beneath his visor, Singh is still in excellent shape and says there is no tension or pain in his body.

“It’s work, determination, believing in what I believe in,” said Singh, who survived a windy Sunday to win the 1999 Honda at Herron Bay by two shots over Payne Stewart. “I just feel like if I play like I did today, when you aim at a target and swing the way you’re supposed to and the ball comes out, that’s the best feeling in the world.”

Winning Sunday would be a pretty good feeling as well.

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