At the end of play on Friday, September 7th, Vijay Singh is the 36-hole leader in the 2012 BMW Championship, at Crooked Stick Golf Club. A single shot behind is Ryan Moore. While Moore is chasing his second career Tour victory, Singh is in pursuit of claiming a slightly bigger prize for the second time.
Vijay Singh: A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, with 56 career wins worldwide (including three major championships), Vijay Singh has not won since the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship. The 49-year-old Fijian, formerly ranked #1 in the official world golf rankings, has struggled in recent years as he nears eligibility for the Champions Tour.
The first two rounds at Crooked Stick have, obviously, gone quite well for Vijay. After holing six birdies and an eagle on Thursday, he followed with seven more birdies on Friday, posting scores of 65 and 66. With eleven other players (all significantly younger) within four shots, he will likely need two more scores in the mid-60s to win the BMW Championship.
Singh is in good position to qualify for the final event of the 2012 PGA Tour Playoffs, the Tour Championship, where he will have an opportunity to win the FedEx Cup for the second time. One of only four golfers to have ever hoisted that trophy, Vijay Singh won the FedEx Cup in 2008.
Ryan Moore: In the last two seasons, Ryan Moore has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour when it comes to making the cut, having done so in 84% of the tournaments he has played in. However, with only one top three finish (a tie for second at the 2011 Travelers Championship), he has not been a championship contender. A professional since 2005, his only Tour win came in the 2009 Wyndham Championship.
For the first two days at Crooked Stick, Moore (a 29-year-old native of Tacoma, Washington) has suffered only one bogey (the 16th hole on Friday). Driving accuracy, hitting greens, and (of course) making your putts are always key components to success in golf, and over the first 36 holes in the 2012 BMW Championship Ryan is ranked in the top 10 in each of these categories.
With back to back 6-under scores of 66, Ryan Moore is in a tie for second place, only one shot behind Vijay Singh. He has a golden opportunity to compete for his second career win on the PGA Tour.
Rory and Tiger: Tied with Ryan Moore for second place, making victory for Singh or Moore an even greater challenge, are the two best players in the game today, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The two lead the 2012 Tour with three wins each, and have just completed 36-holes of head to head play, at Crooked Stick, resulting in a draw at 12-under par.
Ryan Moore may be overmatched, surrounded by four current (McIlroy) or former (Singh, Woods and Westwood) world #1 ranked professionals, as Lee Westwood lurks one shot further back at 11-under par. The cream has certainly risen to the top at the 2012 BMW Championship and I look forward to an exciting weekend.
Harold Andrews has played golf (competitively and recreationally) for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
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