BMW Championship 2012: Vijay Singh and Top Names Who Will Outlast the Field

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2012

CARMEL, IN - SEPTEMBER 07:  Vijay Singh of Fiji waits on the 12th tee during the second round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 7, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Vijay Singh rose to the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the BMW Championship second round. He wasn’t the only big name in the top 10. Five major winners occupied the top 10 leaderboard, including Singh, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods.

At the halfway point of the tournament, there’s a ton of shifting of the contenders going on before the final nine.

There are only a select few that can weather Moving Day and contend for the BMW Championship down the stretch. Don’t expect Ryan Moore to hold onto second place for long.

Those golfers have worldwide recognition for a reason, they’re that good.


Vijay Singh

The Big Fijiian roared to the top of the leaderboard with four straight birdies late on Friday, capping a stellar couple of days.

The three-time major champion looks the part of a tournament champion thus far, but knows he has to keep up the pace to hold the lead via USA Today.

"I've got to keep it going," the three-time major champion Singh said. "I've been playing well for two days for a while now, but I need four days of good playing. Sooner or later I think four days is going to happen, and hopefully it starts this week."

With Woods and McIlroy breathing down his neck one stroke behind, the second half at Crooked Neck won’t get any easier. Singh, though, has been to the plateau before and he knows a little bit about nerves down the stretch.

Tiger Woods

Four shots off the lead and falling behind, Tiger Woods willing himself back into BMW Championship contention with three birdie on the last four holes.

That type of determination has not been customary of Woods’ play of late; when he has started to lose his swing, he has unraveled.

Not on Friday. Not at the BMW. A few stellar approach shots later, Tiger is one shot behind Singh for the lead and tied with rival McIlroy.

Now the all-important Moving Day is in sight. Can Tiger stay the course? On these damp greens at Crooked Stick, it’s a sure thing.

Lee Westwood

While Singh, McIlroy and Woods take up the spotlight at Crooked Stick, Lee Westwood lurks from behind only two shots behind the leader.

That’s exactly where "Mr. Consistency" likes to be: hanging around waiting for the golfers ahead to make a mistake.

He won’t need to wait on anyone if he has a repeat Friday performance on the weekend. Westwood shot a cool seven-under par 65, packed with six birdies and an eagle.

It may not be a major, but that plays into Westwood’s favor. Less pressure on the Englishman will only help him stay in contention on Moving Day.