20 Feb 2015

Sport: Vijay Singh tied for lead

12:43 pm on 20 February 2015

Former major winners Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen struck a blow for the old guard on the PGA Tour as the veteran golfers surged into a tie for the early lead at the Northern Trust Open.

Playing together in the opening round at the Riviera Country Club, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, the pair fired matching five-under-par 66s.

Fiji's Singh piled up six birdies and a lone bogey while South Africa's Goosen picked up three shots in his last six holes as they finished the round level with Americans Nick Watney, James Hahn and Daniel Summerhays.

The 51-year old Singh says he kept his ball in play and hit a lot of fairways and greens, and chipped well from close range.

He says finally not hurting as much as I did the last five years. That's a big part of playing good golf. You're not hurting, you can go out and play and you're comfortable.

The 51-year-old Fijian has not won on the PGA Tour since the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship.