Singh leads Woods, McIlroy by one

CARMEL, Ind. — Vijay Singh keeps giving himself chances to end four years without a PGA Tour victory. He made four birdies around the turn Friday for 6-under-par 66 in the BMW Championship, putting his name atop the leaderboard for the second time in his past four tournaments.


It won’t get any easier the rest of the way.

Tiger Woods was one shot behind. So was Rory McIlroy. Going into a storm-filled weekend at Crooked Stick, four players who have reached No. 1 in the world were among the top six.

“I’ve got to keep it going,” Singh said. “I’ve been playing well for two days for a while now, but I need four days of good playing. Sooner or later, I think four days is going to happen. And hopefully, it starts this week.”

Woods started slowly and finished strong, with birdies on his last two holes for 67. McIlroy, coming off what he called one of the best ball-striking rounds of his life, had to overcome four bogeys for a hard-earned 68.

Joining them one shot out of the lead was Ryan Moore, who had 66.

Lee Westwood (65) and Indiana native Bo Van Pelt (69) are two shots off the lead.

Singh, the 2000 Masters Tournament champion, is at 13-under 131 on Crooked Stick, a Pete Dye course that is vulnerable to low scoring because of rain over the last several days. The second round was played early Friday to beat approaching thunderstorms, and the times were pushed back slightly for today to recover from whatever rain falls overnight.

“You come to a Pete Dye golf course, and you don’t expect to see 13-under par leading after two days,” Woods said.

He was happy just to be in the mix. For the second consecutive day, Woods wasn’t particularly sharp in any area of his game except for posting a score.

“I didn’t have it with my swing,” Woods said. “Just kind of fighting it around here.”

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Hilversum, Netherlands, former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson shot 6-under-par 64 and is tied for second place after the second round of the KLM Open.

Jamieson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (65), and Peter Hanson (66) are three shots behind Graeme Storm, who had 66.

Former Augusta State golfer Jamie Elson had 66 and is nine shots off the lead. Oliver Wilson, another former Jag, had 74 and missed the cut by five shots.

LPGA: In Williamsburg, Va., Jiyai Shin followed her opening 9-under 62 with 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Danielle Kang (64) in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

Paula Creamer (67) and Dewi Claire Schreefel (66) are two off the lead.