Greenbrier Classic 2012 Leaderboard: Vijay Singh Won't Be Able to Hold Lead

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJuly 5, 2012

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 5: Vijay Singh of Fiji hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on July 5, 2012 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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The longer the drought lasts, the more difficult it is to end.

Vijay Singh’s drought has simply lasted way too long to take him seriously at the top of the 2012 Greenbrier Classic leaderboard. Sure, he’s a legend and in is day was a force to be reckoned with. However, Father Time knocked on Singh’s door a while ago and he won’t be able to overcome his age to win in West Virginia.

Reuters reported Singh was understandably pleased by his first-round performance. He said after hitting seven-under on the day (via euronews): “It’s my first good round of the year that I would say I’m probably comfortable with. And it’s a good way to start a tournament.”

Unfortunately, he won’t be able to keep it up, though.

The Big Fijan is 49 years old. No one his age has ever won a major tournament—not that the Greenbrier Classic is a major tournament, but winning on the PGA Tour when you’re that old is nearly impossible. Golf is too deep nowadays. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the biggest names in golf, aren’t even the best golfers anymore.

On top of the sport’s depth, there’s youth at the top of the world rankings. That competition makes it even more challenging for a veteran like Singh to compete. Of course, as he sits at the top of the leaderboard, he’s obviously competing, but golf tournaments last four days, not one.

Singh hasn’t won since 2008 for a reason. He’s done. His prime was well over a decade ago.

If Singh were to hold on for the victory, it would be a far bigger deal than Tiger—who’s currently getting all the headlines—winning. Again, however, don’t expect him to be able to pull it off.

Here is the current top 10 leaderboard (via ESPN):

Player Score
1. Vijay Singh -7
T2. Jeff Maggert -6
T2. Martin Flores -6
T4. J.B. Holmes -5
T4. Webb Simpson -5
T4. Andres Romero -5
T7. K.J. Choi -4 
T7. Ken Duke -4
T7. Billy Horschel  -4
T7. Sean O'Hair -4


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.