Saturday, April 13, 2002


When Tiger Woods first exploded on the professional golf scene in 1997, his Tour colleagues had two options. They could play for top 10 finishes (as opposed to outright wins) or they could start working a lot harder on their games. Vijay Singh chose option two. And it paid off yesterday, with a 7-under par round of 65. Vijay's back nine (6-under par 30) is about as close as one comes to golf perfection.

As for the rest of the lads, well, they're all there, except for Davis Love III, who gave back three strokes after his nearly flawless opening round. And a bunch of them will be teeing it up early this morning to finish their second rounds. Famously, Saturday is known as "moving day" at Augusta. Tiger needs to get moving this morning, lest Vijay disappear from view.

Side bets: Aside from Vijay, the best player on the course yesterday was the veteran Nick Faldo, who is 5-under par through 16 holes (-2 for the tournament). The cut will probably fall at plus-two. More rain and thunderstorms are expected this morning. So today's scheduled play will be interrupted at least once.