Singh, who gave Tiger Woods a good run for the 2003 Player of the Year honors, shot an 8-under 29 on the back nine of the Plantation Course and finished 36 holes of the season-opening tournament at 14-under 132.
Woods hit his opening tee shot into a sea of deep grass, lost the ball and started his round with a double bogey. He rebounded to shoot a 3-under 70 and was at 141 for 36 holes -- in a 10-way tie for eighth.
Defending champion Ernie Els was tied for 18th in the 30-man field at 143.
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