Singh takes lead at Mercedes Championship

Jan 6, 2007 - 3:50 AM By Andrew Both PA SportsTicker Golf Writer

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Ticker) -- Vijay Singh made an unlikely par on the final hole to preserve aone-shot lead in Friday's second round of the $5.5 million Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Singh pulled his drive into a hazard at the par-5 18th, taking a penalty stroke before finding the green with a mighty third shot from 285 yards.

He two-putted for par to shoot 69 and post an 8-under-par 138 two-round total, one stroke better than Trevor Immelman (68) and Will MacKenzie (70). J.B. Holmes and Chris Couch are three back in the first event of the 2007 PGA Tour season.

Strong winds prevailed for the second consecutive day, but heavy rain that held up the start of play by more than an hour eventually relented.

Singh, who was part of a five-way tie for the first-round lead, has not finished outside the top eight in his past seven starts here but still is seeking his first victory.

He had only one bogey - at the par-4 fourth - but bounced back with an eagle at the par-5 fifth, where he sank a 20-footer.

Stuart Appleby, looking to become the fourth player in Tour history to win the same event four consecutive years, fell seven shots behind after signing for a 72.

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