Singh grabs early lead at 84 Lumber Classic

Friday, September 24, 2004

Vijay Singh shot an 8-under 64 Thursday and held a three-shot lead in the first round of the 84 Lumber Classic.

If Singh wins the $4.2 million tournament in Farmington, Pa., he can surpass Tiger Woods' season money record of $9.1 million in 2000. With seven tournament victories, Singh is closing in on Woods' best season of nine wins.

Singh had a bogey-free round that included an eagle and six birdies.

Richard S. Johnson, Pat Perez, Cameron Beckman, Ben Curtis and Robert Allenby all had 67s, while Kevin Na was three shots back through No. 15 when play on the 7,471-yard Mystic Rock course was stopped by darkness.

The delay left 36 of the 143 players on the course when play was halted. They will finish their rounds Friday morning before the second round starts.

LPGA Tour

Christina Kim shot a 7-under 64 and held a one-stroke lead over Rachel Teske after the first round of the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge in Auburn, Calif.

Kim didn't have a bogey on an almost windless day at The Ridge Golf Club, a 6,235-yard layout that is a new venue for the 9-year-old tournament.

Teske, an eight-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had four birdies and an eagle in her second nine and is one stroke ahead of Juli Inkster, a two-time winner of this tournament, Beth Bauer, Miriam Nagl and Michelle Estill.

-- From wire reports

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