BMW Championship: Predicting the Winner After Round 2

Ben StepanskyCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

Singh is leading after two rounds with a 13-under score
Singh is leading after two rounds with a 13-under scoreScott Halleran/Getty Images

After two rounds of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Course, the third of four FedEx Cup tournaments, Vijay Singh is atop the leaderboard at 13-under.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to imagine Singh remaining in that top spot for much longer. 

"The Big Fijian", which he is sometimes referred to as, was a fixture among the top golfers in the world at the end of the 1990s and into the early 2000s.

He was the No. 1 golfer in the world for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005 and has won three majors: the Masters in 2000 and the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004. He was also the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2004.

However, in 2012, Singh is the Official World Golf Ranking's 74th best player on Tour, he is 49th in FedEx Cup points, and has not won a PGA Tour tournament since 2008.

Despite finishing in the top 10 just three times this season, none of which were in the minus, Singh has played outstanding through the first two rounds at Crooked Stick.

A seven-under 65 on Thursday included an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole. He holed seven birdies on Friday, tied for the most on the day, for a second round 66.

Nipping at his heels and just one shot behind are Ryan Moore, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. 

Moore is obviously the professional that does not fit in with the rest of the bunch. The 30-year-old from Tacoma, Washington is ranked 69th in the world and tied for tenth place at last week's Deustche Bank.

He has looked sharp in his two rounds so far, shooting a six-under 66 on both days and has recorded just one bogey overall.

After remaining fairly stagnant during round two, Woods birdied three of the last four holes to shoot a five-under 67.

McIlroy looked a bit shaky on Friday, dropping in four bogeys. He saved his day, though, with six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 ninth to shoot a four-under 68.

As we move into the weekend rounds tomorrow, Singh will attempt to hold off these three golfers in particular.

Not to be forgotten, England's Lee Westwood sits just two strokes back at 11-under. And don't be surprised if Dustin Johnson makes a run this weekend. He remains four strokes behind the lead at nine-under.

Ultimately, in what is becoming commonplace, Woods or McIlroy will lift the BMW Championship trophy on Sunday afternoon.

The two have formed a budding rivalry—one that is both amicable and fervid. 

If McIlroy can limit the bogeys that plagued him on Friday, he will be the one to hoist the trophy. 

Fully expect him to do that.