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Singh takes early lead at Congressional

 Vijay Singh, of Fiji, hits on the ninth fairway during the first round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda...
 Billy Hurley III hits out of a sand trap on the 14th fairway during the first round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Clu...

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Vijay Singh, of Fiji, hits on the ninth fairway during the first round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda...

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Billy Hurley III hits out of a sand trap on the 14th fairway during the first round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Clu...

Vijay Singh birdied his last hole for a 3-under 68, giving him a one-shot lead over Navy veteran Billy Hurley III in the first round of the AT&T National on Thursday.
They were the only players to break 70 among the early starters.
Only 10 of the 60 players who teed off in the morning _ before a heat wave began to bake Congressional _ managed to break par. The group included Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Stewart Cink and Marc Leishman, coming off his first U.S. PGA Tour win last week.
Tiger Woods, who won the AT&T National the last time it was at Congressional in 2009, was even par through nine holes in the afternoon.
Singh made seven birdies. The 49-year-old Fijian has been winless on the tour since taking the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2008 on his way to winning the FedEx Cup.
Give him a 68 at the start of the day and he would gladly have taken it.
"It's good for me," Singh said. "Any time I shoot under par right now is good. I've been playing well for the last month or so, but nothing is coming out of it. Today I made a few putts."
Hurley picked the right place to produce one of his best rounds of the year _ a Navy man at a tournament that celebrates the military, on a Congressional golf course not far from where he learned to play golf and then attended the Naval Academy.
He played bogey-free on a U.S. Open-type golf course until the final hole, when his tee shot hit a tree, then he laid up into a divot and his par putt struck a spike mark.
"This is a heck of a golf course," Hurley said. "You have to hit a lot of quality shots, and I was able to do that. Even at this place, you hit quality shots that end up with not a good look at birdie sometimes."
Hurley had missed six straight cuts until he started to find his game last week at the Travelers Championship, and he is hopeful a good start was the sign of more good golf for the rest of the week.
He played in the same group as 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who already has played in two U.S. Opens and is going into his last year in high school.
Hossler opened with a 70, extending a dream summer. At the U.S. Open, he briefly had the lead to himself on Saturday.
"I'm starting to feel pretty comfortable out here, so I feel like I belong," Hossler said.


Updated : 2021-04-15 01:47 GMT+08:00