A total of six players have put themselves into contention on the first round of the Northern Trust Open after a day that saw two past major winners rekindle some fine form. Both Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen are tide for the lead on five under-par after playing their first round in the same group. The veterans who were both inside the top 5 of the world rankings a decade ago left each other to play their own game, with the tactic of get on the course and get on with your own game working out well for both.
Retief Goosen managed three birdies towards the end of his round to smash his way through the leaderboard. The South African knew both him and Singh had good cards and wasn’t going to disrupt either players form. “We had a little chat out there a little bit,” he explained. “But yeah, sometimes when you get a good round going, you are both so focused on your round that you don’t really chat as much.”
Vijay Singh’s last win on the PGA Tour coming back in 2008 in the Deutsche Bank Championship and had a fine finish similar to his playing partner. The former world number 1 carded four birdies on the back nine to beat his lowest opening round in over two years.
The Fijian and South African are joined at the top of the leader board by four Americans who are hoping to upset a nostalgic victory for the veterans. Nick Watney is the big name among the four players and is in fine form after playing his fifth straight tournament. He finished the Farmers Insurance at the start of the month tied for seventh place and followed that with a second place finish behind Brandt Snedeker at last weeks AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A fifth successive round below 70 has proved to be influential in his form.