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Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in control of second Test as Australia"s struggles continue in Hyderabad

India take stranglehold on the second Test as Australia's struggles continue in Hyderabad

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

12:21 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 3 March 2013

The outstanding batting of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in control of the second Test against Australia as they finished day two on 311 for one, already a lead of 74 runs.

Pujara was unbeaten on 162 while Vijay was not far behind on 129 after a day of delight for the watching India fans in Hyderabad.

They had begun slowly after Michael Clarke's surprising declaration on 237 for nine last night, resuming on five without loss and playing defensively.

In Control: India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Virat Kohli after the dismissal of Australia's Matthew Clarke

In Control: India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Virat Kohli after the dismissal of Australia's Matthew Clarke

After underperforming with the bat, Australia knew they needed to make early inroads and their hopes were raised when Virender Sehwag fended behind off Peter Siddle in the fifth over of the day to depart for six.

India did not seem unduly worried, though, as Vijay drove James Pattinson for four in the next over and Pujara clipped his first ball to the boundary.

Thereafter India dug in before the break and it was 18 overs until Vijay struck the next boundary, a lofted drive off Xavier Doherty.

Although Doherty did beat the bat on occasion, the closest Australia came to another breakthrough was a run-out appeal in which replays showed Pujara was comfortably home.

They made it through to lunch on 54 for one, but then stepped it up a gear with Pujara's intentions particularly clear.

Struggling: Australia's Shane Watson walks back to pavilion after his side were bowled out for 237

Struggling: Australia's Shane Watson walks back to pavilion after his side declared at 237

He struck three boundaries off a single Pattinson over early in the session while Vijay soon hit Doherty for six.

Test debutant Glenn Maxwell's first over was a maiden and helped Australia stem the tide, but he gave up 31 off his next six overs as India dominated the rest of the session.

They added 106 runs to reach tea on 160 for one, but were still only warming up and the final session of the day saw them pile on 151 more, their unbroken partnership worth 294 by the close.

Australia looked worryingly short of wicket-takers, with Doherty the only man to even slightly unsettle either batsman as he found a little turn, but nothing they were not able to handle.

The tourists will need to find a way to fix that tomorrow if they are not to let this Test get away from them as the series opener did in Chennai.

Vijay Singh caught in doping controversy after "admitting using banned deer antler spray"

Golf legend Vijay Singh caught in doping controversy after 'admitting using banned deer antler spray'

By
Derek Lawrenson

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09:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

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11:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

Three-time major champion Vijay Singh is under investigation by the United States Tour after being linked to a banned substance.

Sports Illustrated claims that the
formidable Fijian, who has won more tournaments in his forties than any
golfer in history, has been using a deer antler spray containing IGF-1,
which the American magazine describes as a ‘natural anabolic hormone
that stimulates muscle growth.’

Deer-antler spray is banned by the major pro sports, including the PGA Tour and the NFL.

Vijay Singh

Under investigation: Vijay Singh has been linked with controversial supplements

The US Tour has repeatedly warned players against using sprays made by a company called SWATS – Sports with Alternatives to Steroids.

In 2011, former Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia was told to stop promoting the product.

According to Sports Illustrated, Singh paid $9,000 for the deer antler spray, an oscillating 'beam ray' lightbulb, stickers bearing holograms of a pyramid and power additives in November. He is quoted as saying that he uses the spray ‘every couple of hours….every day.’

Singh. a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, said he sleeps with the 'beam ray' on and has put stickers, which SWATS term chips, on his ankles, waist and shoulders.

Vijay uses the SWATS products to boost muscle growth

Different strokes: Vijay uses the SWATS products to boost muscle growth

‘I’m looking forward to some change in my body, Singh told the magazine. ‘It’s really hard to feel the difference if you’ve only been doing it for a couple of months.’ US Tour vice-president Ty Votaw admitted the tour are looking into the report.

Singh, who is scheduled to play in the Phoenix Open starting on Thursday, has been battling a number of injuries over the past few years. He turns 50 next month and is looking forward to a lucrative career on the Senior Tour. Like every player, he is subjected to the tour’s random drug-testing programme. Results are not announced unless a player tests positive.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who will be taking part in the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday, was also mentioned in the report. He denied any use of the spray when asked about it on Tuesday.

The PGA Tour has said it will look into a report linking Vijay Singh with the use of a deer antler spray previously found to have contained a banned growth hormone.

The Fijian will still play in this week's Waste Management Open in Phoenix, but Tour vice-president Ty Votaw has said they will investigate the claims made in an article which appeared in Sports Illustrated.

'As we have just been made aware of the report we have not had a chance to review it in depth, but we will be looking into it,' Votaw told USA Today Sports.

Steven Finn injures thigh as Kevin Pietersen returns for England

Finn hobbles off on first morning of India tour as KP returns to England side

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

06:42 GMT, 30 October 2012

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UPDATED:

10:02 GMT, 30 October 2012

Steven Finn gave England significant cause for concern as he limped out of the attack with a thigh injury on an awkward first day of their India tour.

Finn, a key component in England's likely Test line-up here, will play no further part on Tuesday and is expected to have a scan to try to identify the source of discomfort in his right leg.

The 6ft 7in seamer aborted the second over of his second spell and had to be replaced by medium-pacer Jonathan Trott.

Comeback: Kevin Pietersen (right) returned for England in Mumbai on Tuesday

Comeback: Kevin Pietersen (right) returned for England in Mumbai on Tuesday

Comeback: Kevin Pietersen (right) returned for England in Mumbai on Tuesday

Alastair Cook's initial experience on his first tour as permanent Test captain was therefore a vexing one as Abhinav Mukund (73) and Yuvraj Singh (59) helped India A to a teatime 224 for six in this three-day match at the Brabourne Stadium.

Mukund was the dominant, but far from always convincing, force throughout the morning session – making 41 of the first 50 runs and numbering 12 fours in his 57-ball half-century after the hosts won the toss.

The majority of his early boundaries came off the edge, but the left-handed opener grew in confidence as England's troubles gathered.

Concern: Finn pulled up with a thigh injury

Concern: Finn pulled up with a thigh injury

Tim Bresnan had a hand in the first two wickets.

First, replacing Finn after his three overs with the new ball, the Yorkshireman was alert, agile and accurate enough – with an under-armed direct-hit – to run out Murali Vijay after Mukund called his partner through for a sharp single dropped into the leg-side.

Bresnan stuck to his task on a pitch of decent pace as James Anderson took a breather and then Finn went off, and was repaid when he found alarming extra bounce from barely short of a length to have Ajinkya Rahane edging a simple catch off the shoulder of the bat to gully.

Good morning: Bresnan starred for England with a wicket and a run out

Good morning: Bresnan starred for England with a wicket and a run out

Good morning: Bresnan starred for England with a wicket and a run out

Kevin Pietersen, back in an England team for the first time since his summer of discontent and subsequent 'reintegration', did the necessary with a simple catch.

It took another seven minutes, however, for Rahane's dismissal to be confirmed as the umpires – in accordance with new International Cricket Council protocol – ordered what proved to be a laborious check to rule out a no-ball.

All smiles: Pietersen looked to be enjoying his return to the side

All smiles: Pietersen looked to be enjoying his return to the side

All smiles: Pietersen looked to be enjoying his return to the side

Once under way again, Bresnan would have had two wickets in two balls had Samit Patel managed to hold on to a sharp, low catch at midwicket.

Instead, Yuvraj escaped the indignity of a golden duck as he continues his comeback following his recovery from lung cancer – and he went on to punish Patel with two fours and a six over long-on when the all-rounder came on for his first over of left-arm spin.

Star performer: Mukund hit 73 opening the innings for India A

Star performer: Mukund hit 73 opening the innings for India A

On the stroke of lunch, England at last had something to smile about when Mukund fell to a smart catch at short-leg by Ian Bell off Graeme Swann to end a near run-a-ball stand of 56.

Yuvraj stayed on the attack, milking the spinners in particular as he hit seven fours in his 50 and brought up the milestone with his third six – straight off Swann.

By then, captain Suresh Raina was gone to another Bell catch at short-leg – this time off Patel – and then Yuvraj was stumped off Swann as he went in search of a fifth maximum.

Anderson returned to deceive Wriddiman Saha with reverse-swing, playing no shot to go lbw, but the hosts were still comfortably past 200 by tea.

Rory McIlroy wins BMW Championship

Glory for Rory in BMW Championship as world No 1 McIlroy keeps up super form

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22:25 GMT, 9 September 2012

World No 1 Rory McIlroy continued his red-hot form when he cruised to his third win in four starts with a two-shot victory at the BMW Championship on Sunday that locked in the elite 30-man field for the Tour Championship.

With a glittering leaderboard featuring six major winners and four players who have held the number one ranking packed into the top 10, McIlroy carded a five-under 67 at Crooked Stick to collect his fourth PGA Tour win of the season.

The mop-topped Northern Irishman finished 20 under par and will head to the Sept. 20-23 Tour Championship in Atlanta as the favourite to walk away with the $10 million bonus that will go to the FedEx Cup points leader.

That's the one: Rory McIlroy poses with his trophy

That's the one: Rory McIlroy poses with his trophy

Pleased: McIlroy walks off the green after winning

Pleased: McIlroy walks off the green after winning

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Former world No 1 Lee Westwood of
Britain and four-times major champion Phil Mickelson of the United
States tied for second place on 18 under par.

McIlroy began the day a shot back of
overnight leaders Mickelson and Vijay Singh, but was on the move quickly
with birdies at the second and fifth before moving top of the
leaderboard to stay with back-to-back birdies at nine and 10.

The 23-year-old then pulled away from the field with birdies at 15 and 16 to open up a three-shot cushion with two to play.

Tip top: McIlroy is in superb form

Tip top: McIlroy is in superb form

Mickelson, who has discovered a rich
vein of form in recent weeks himself, tried to keep pace by trimming
McIlroy's advantage to two with birdies on 15 and 16.

But a bogey on 17 removed any
suspense, allowing McIlroy a leisurely victory stroll up the 18th where
he signed off with his only bogey of the day, a small fist pump and
winning total of 268.

Smiling rivals: Lee Westwood with McIlroy

Smiling rivals: Lee Westwood with McIlroy

Cheers: McIlroy celebrates his win with his caddie

Cheers: McIlroy celebrates his win with his caddie

Mickelson returned a two-under 70 to
finish joint second with Westwood who clinched his first ticket to the
Tour championship with a three-under 69.

Tiger Woods, chasing his fourth win of
the season, carded a four-under 68 to finish in a tie for fourth with
Robert Garrigus at 17 under.

Off the pace: Tiger Woods never looked like winning

Off the pace: Tiger Woods never looked like winning

Here we go: McIlroy hits his approach shot on the 18th

Here we go: McIlroy hits his approach shot on the 18th

More to follow.

BMW Championship 2012: Vijay Singh leads from Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

McIlroy and Woods lurk as Vijay takes one-shot lead into third round at Crooked Stick

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20:52 GMT, 7 September 2012

Vijay Singh moved into contention for his first tour win in four years as he took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship at the Crooked Stick course in Carmel, Indiana.

The 49-year-old three-time major winner recorded a round of 66 for a two-round total of 13-under 131, putting him one shot clear of first round co-leader Rory McIlroy, plus Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore.

McIlroy's round of 68 included an eagle and six birdies was let down by four bogeys as he dropped level with Woods, who made up a shot to reach 12 under after a bogey-free round of 67.

Out in front: Singh takes a slender lead ion the third round at Crooked Stick

Out in front: Singh takes a slender lead ion the third round at Crooked Stick

Lee Westwood produced one of the the best rounds of the day with a seven-under 65 to move to 11 under after two rounds, and his feat was matched by Padraig Harrington, whose 65 left him two strokes further back.

Justin Rose's disappointing 70 left him level with Harrington at seven under, a position also shared with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, with Luke Donald one further back on six under.

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

Duelling it out: Woods and McIlroy are hot on the heels of Singh who has a one-shot lead

In contention: Westwood is just two shots behind the leader with two rounds remaining

In contention: Westwood is just two shots behind the leader with two rounds remaining

Swing out: McIlroy is in fine form heading into the forthcoming Ryder Cup

Swing out: McIlroy is in fine form heading into the forthcoming Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy sticking with Tiger Woods

McIlroy sticking with rival Woods ahead of FedEx Cup play-offs

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23:48 GMT, 5 September 2012

There have been times when Tiger Woods could barely bring himself to share a golf course with a rival, much less a breakfast table.

But the crack of dawn on Wednesday found him jabbering away over his cereal, as so often these days, with the man who has gone in the last month from being the heir apparent to claiming his crown.

'I know Tiger had a few issues with Phil (Mickelson) and Vijay (Singh) in the past, but we've always found plenty to talk about,' said the man in question, not to mention the man of the moment, Rory McIlroy.

Friends or foes: Rory McIlroy (left) idolises rival Tiger Woods (right)

Friends or foes: Rory McIlroy (left) idolises rival Tiger Woods (right)

'Having grown up idolising him, it is great for me, as you can imagine, to be able to think of him as a friend.'

The latest exciting instalment of their civil rivalry will be played out here at Crooked Stick – the course where John Daly rose to fame at the 1991 US PGA Championship – in the third leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs, where McIlroy leads the race for the $10million jackpot and Woods lies third.

Ian Poulter believes McIlroy has it within him to go on and establish a period of dominance at the head of the world rankings to rival the nine years managed by Woods.

McIlroy says that although Woods has had problems with other golfers in the past, he has no problems with him

McIlroy says that although Woods has had problems with other golfers in the past, he has no problems with him

'The golf we've seen from Rory over the last 15 months has been the culmination of everything we thought would happen since he came out on tour,' said the Englishman.

'He's the most talented player out here and I don't see anyone coming through who is close to him. He looks like a man on a mission – and that is to stay at the top for as long as he possibly can.

'When you're talking about Tiger, you're talking about the biggest shoes you could possibly be asked to fill. But I'd give Rory a good shot at it. What's he lacking from his game I don't see anything.'

Dominance: Ian Poulter believes McIlroy has the potential to be at the top for many years

Dominance: Ian Poulter believes McIlroy has the potential to be at the top for many years

The field of 70 here will be whittled down to just 30 for the final FedEx event, the Tour Championship, in the week before the Ryder Cup.

Poulter and Graeme McDowell are among those who need to play well to avoid that being an unwanted week off.

Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and the defending champion this week, Justin Rose, need to win to have realistic hopes of claiming the ultimate jackpot.

US PGA Championship 2012: Rory McIlroy on top as Tiger Woods blown off course

McIlroy joins Singh on top as Woods blown off course at storm-hit Kiawah Island

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23:37 GMT, 11 August 2012

Rory McIlroy can add to the wave of
sporting euphoria sweeping the nation after upstaging Tiger Woods early
in the third round of the US PGA Championship.

The Northern Irishman shrugged off a
difficult summer with a spectacular front nine featuring not only his
trademark brilliance but also some remarkable feats of escapology.

On the charge: Rory McIlroy

On the charge: Rory McIlroy

The disappointment for McIlroy came when his terrific outward half of 32 shots – joint third-round leader Woods needed three more strokes simply to complete seven holes – was interrupted when play was suspended owing to an approaching thunderstorm.

At that point, McIlroy had moved into a tie for the lead with the remarkable veteran Vijay Singh, one ahead of another making a forward move, Australian Adam Scott, who is doing a wonderful job of getting over his Open meltdown.

Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell were four off the lead while Padraig Harrington and little-known Englishman David Lynn finished with rounds of 69 and 68 to be five off the pace.

Woods was on the same one under mark after a hopeless seven holes and was glad of nature's interruption. He has still to play an under-par round at the weekend of a major this season.

Few things in golf compare with McIlroy in full flow and he showed it all during a wonderful front nine featuring five birdies and an amazing par at the third.

Struggle: Tiger Woods

Struggle: Tiger Woods

The 23-year-old made the perfect start with birdies at the opening two holes but his tee shot at the par-four next, which appeared destined to leave him with an easy chip to the green, struck the limb of a dead tree and embedded itself.

There followed an anxious few moments as McIlroy looked for the ball until television replays relayed to him showed his tee shot had finished in the tree.

McIlroy identified the ball as his, took a drop under penalty, pitched up to six feet and holed the putt for an amazing par.

Another escape followed at the next before a couple of fabulous iron shots set up birdies at the fifth and eighth. With another birdie at the seventh, McIlroy had established a two-shot lead before running up his first bogey at the ninth.

With Singh holing a 45-foot putt on the seventh, the pair were level.

There's an awfully long way to go but, if McIlroy were to follow up last year's US Open victory and win, he would move ahead of Woods in terms of majors won at the same age.

Lynn has been plying his trade in Europe for 14 years without anyone outside the sport noticing, and moved stealthily into the world top 100 to get into this event. But all sorts of possibilities have opened up for the 38-year-old from Stoke.

The Open 2011: Ian Ladyman investigates Royal Lytham rough

It's rough out there… Our man in the thick of it investigates Royal Lytham

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21:30 GMT, 16 July 2012

Tiger Woods has said it was ‘almost unplayable’. Paul Casey has described it as ‘brutal’. And on Monday, Open champion Darren Clarke said it was ‘really, really tough’.

They were all talking about the deep rough at Royal Lytham, so Sportsmail sent Ian Ladyman into the long grass to see for himself…

I spent a couple of hours on the back nine at Royal Lytham on Monday looking at what the players can expect when the competition starts on Thursday.

In the thick of it... Conditions are looking treacherous at Royal Lytham

In the thick of it… Conditions are looking treacherous at Royal Lytham

In the thick of it... Conditions are looking treacherous at Royal Lytham

It included a visit to the side of the 14th fairway where Vijay Singh lost two balls in the benign practice conditions. As far as I know, they remain missing in action.

If players miss fairways by a matter of feet or inches here they will play their second shots out of reasonably palatable semi-rough. Certainly that won’t worry the greatest golfers on the planet.

However, once balls start to land five yards wide of the short stuff players may begin to struggle in wispy rough that can grip the club at impact and send shots flying out at the sort of angles club golfers will recognise.

And what about the areas 10 yards off the side of the fairways

Is it really bad enough to send golfers running for the hills Well, put it this way – when I looked down to see if my feet were on solid ground to the side of the 16th fairway I realised that I couldn’t actually see them.

Draw your own conclusions.

In trouble: Vijay Singh (centre) lost two balls on the 14th

In trouble: Vijay Singh (centre) lost two balls on the 14th

As champion Darren Clarke said on Monday: ‘There are a few patches where it’s just absolutely brutal.

‘It’s really, really tough. If you start spraying the ball around this week, you might as well go home.’

Three who'll love it…

IAN POULTER: Always a happy bunny when the requirement is accuracy off the tee rather than length.

GRAEME McDOWELL: The arch strategist should prosper on the straight and narrow.

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ: Don’t rule out one cigar chomper handing the trophy over to another.

Three who'll hate it…

PHIL MICKELSON: It would be amazing if he broke his Open duck around this layout.

RORY McILROY: His natural attacking instincts will not be served best here.

BUBBA WATSON: Will he entertain As always. Will he win Not a chance.

The Open 2012: Tiger Woods fears rough

Unplayable! Woods fears Open rough and Casey claims it's brutal

By
Alan Fraser and Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

22:22 GMT, 15 July 2012

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 15 July 2012

Tiger Woods hit out at the deep Royal Lytham rough on Sunday, calling it ‘almost unplayable’ after completing his first practice round for the Open Championship, which starts on Thursday.

Woods, who is seeking his 15th major title, replied ‘Oh my God,’ when questioned about the testing conditions on the course.

‘It’s just that you can’t get out of it. The bottom six inches is so lush.

Unplayable: Tiger Woods was not impressed with the state of the rough

Unplayable: Tiger Woods was not impressed with the state of the rough

‘The wispy stuff, we’ve always faced that at every British Open. But that bottom six inches, in some places it’s almost unplayable. I’ve never seen the rough this high or thick and dense.’

After playing both days over the weekend, Paul Casey supported Woods’s view, revealing: ‘It’s brutal in some areas.’

While the fairways at Royal Lytham are more generous than those at the much-criticised Carnoustie in 1999, there are distinct similarities with the severity of the rough. Stuart Appleby was reported as having lost two balls just a few yards from the fairway on Saturday. Vijay Singh suffered the same fate at the 14th yesterday as a 20mph wind blew across the Lancashire links.

Agreed: Paul Casey also said the rough was 'brutal'

Agreed: Paul Casey also said the rough was 'brutal'

With wind and rain forecast for most of the week, the grass is likely to become even thicker.

US PGA champion Keegan Bradley chose not to attempt any recovery shots from the rough, possibly for fear of injury.

‘I tried not to hit any out of the rough today but I will for the rest of the week,’ said Bradley. ‘It’s very spotty. One foot to the left, you are hitting into the green; another foot and you are chipping out to the fairway. It’s a flip of the coin whether you’re going to get a good lie or not.’

Woods ignored any tiredness from an overnight flight from Florida yesterday to play a full practice round. He had heard the forecast.

No jet lag Woods played a full practice round

No jet lag Woods played a full practice round

‘That’s why I did a lot of work out here because come the next few days, you probably won’t be able to get any,’ he said. ‘A lot of the bunkers had standing water in them so it will be interesting to see how much more water they can take. You have to make a decision on the tee what you’re going to do. With certain winds you can clear them and other winds you can’t.’ Casey, meanwhile, has criticised the Royal and Ancient Golf Club over the changes made to Royal Lytham for this year’s Open.

The Englishman said: ‘Lytham was all about making your score on the way out and then holding on for dear life coming in. By making the relatively easy par-five sixth into a daunting par four, it’s more like holding on going out and coming in. I think it’s a shame.’

Bo Van Pelt tames Congressional as Tiger Woods finds the going tough

Red-hot Van Pelt tames Congressional as Woods finds the going tough

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00:35 GMT, 29 June 2012

Bo Van Pelt carded a blemish-free
four-under-par 67 to lead by one at the end of the first round of the
AT&T National at Congressional in Maryland.

Van Pelt claimed a birdie at the
par-four first, his 10th, and added two birdies to lead by one from
Vijay Singh, Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker.

Early leader: Bo Van Pelt

Early leader: Bo Van Pelt

Low scoring proved tough on a hot day, and with only 22 men going under par it was an impressive start by Van Pelt.

The American was particularly pleased with his putting.

'That's improved the most,' Van Pelt told www.pgatour.com. 'I've stuck with one putter since last year in the fall, and it's probably the longest stretch I've done that since I was a kid.'

Van Pelt enjoyed a tough test on what he felt was as difficult a course as he had played this year.

Asked if he'd seen a tougher course in 2012, he said: 'Probably not. I would say Olympic maybe it was hard in a different way, but that's all you want out there right now for sure.'

Struggle: Tiger Woods

Struggle: Tiger Woods

Veteran Fijian Singh carded seven birdies in an erratic 68, finishing the day a stroke ahead of Billy Hurley III, Pat Perez and Jason Day.

England's Greg Owen led the European challenge on one under in a group of 15 players tied for eighth which also included defending champion Nick Watney, Stewart Cink and US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.

Tiger Woods was one over, as was Scotland's Martin Laird, with England's Brian Davis three over.