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Singh closes in on Mercedes-Benz Championship

Published 07/01/2007

Vijay Singh stands on the verge of finally winning the Mercedes-Benz

Championship, PGA Tour's season opener, after a number of near misses.

The 43-year-old was steady rather than spectacular in carding a

three-under-par 70 on another extremely windy day in the third round.

That lifted him to an 11-under 208 total, three shots clear of Adam Scott (69)

and Trevor Immelman (72) at Maui's Kapalua Plantation course.

Singh has posted top-10 finishes in his past seven starts in the tournament

and he knows just about every nuance of the course built on the side of a


He was not at the very peak of his game in the tough conditions but avoided

making a bogey after the seventh hole, picking up five birdies in all as he

putted well with his new mid-length belly putter.

"It was a little disappointing," he said.

"The scoring was good but the ball-striking wasn't as good as I wanted it to

be. It was wishy-washy, but putting is a great equaliser. I made a lot of three,

four, five-footers."

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