Singh storms to Mercedes lead

Jan. 9, 2004 at 10:40 PM

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Vijay Singh birdied the last seven holes for a 9-under 64 Friday that vaulted him one shot in front after two rounds of the Mercedes Championship.

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.

First-round leader Stuart Appleby was at 133 after posting a 67. Darren Clarke was alone in third at 136 while Kirk Triplett was at 137.

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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