Honda Classic 2019: Vijay Singh at the threshold of history after an incredible outing on lap 3

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Vijay Singh won his last PGA Tour victory in 2008. His only victory at the Honda Classic dates back to 1999, on a course he could not remember. And he arrived at the National PGA a few days ago wondering if his game was still enough for him to be competitive with the younger generation.

Until now, he must love what he sees.

And he will have a chance Sunday to make history.

Singh – who turned 56 on February 22 – has the chance to become the oldest PGA Tour winner. His round under 65, Saturday, placed him 6 under the week, at a stroke of the leader Wyndham Clark.

They will be in the last couple on Sunday. Singh has been a pro for much longer than Clark, 25, was alive.

"That would be great," said Singh to the question of what a win would mean for his age. "I've worked hard enough, I'm physically able to do it, mentally, I'm going to see how my mind works, and if I do not let anything interfere, I think I can do it." he."

After their 50th birthday, the PGA Tour had won seven victories. The oldest, Sam Snead, was 52, 10 months and 8 days old at the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. Singh will be eight days away from his 56th birthday on Sunday.

"He was one of the best of the game," said Rickie Fowler, the only one to rank fifth at 5 under the knockout rounds after his round of 66. "He's a ball striker. It's not been that long, but on this golf course you do not necessarily have to be long – it's about putting the ball in the fairway, hitting your lines and to hit numbers, you do not necessarily need to go out and do something special. "

Singh, Keith Mitchell (70) and Kyeong-Hoon Lee (68) are all at one stroke of Clark's advantage. Clark started off hot, starting with five birdies in his first seven holes, before giving up a bit as the wind began to make itself felt at PGA National.

Forecasters say the breeze will only intensify from here, which means Sunday could be wild. There were 28 players within five kicks. Brooks Koepka (70), Jhonattan Vegas (69) and Michael Thompson (66), leaders in the first round, had 4 cents, and Sergio Garcia shot 70 for the second day in a row to reach 3 cents.

Clark's 122-hole consecutive streak without three throws has ended at 15th of the normal 3, the beginning of the three-hole "Bear Trap" sequence. But he made enough good shots to finish the day alone with a 54-hole lead.

"I had the impression of having managed to hit the ball," Clark said. "I put it in good places, and as long as I keep giving myself chances to putts, I think I can win."

The first time Singh was playing with the Honda, it was in 1994. Clark, who was three-behind the field at one point on Saturday, was about 2 months old at the time. When Singh arrived at the National PGA earlier this week, his first thing to do was to train for five hours – one of the many hallmarks of his career.

He uses a longer putter, something he says, Bernhard Langer convinced him to try. Even though more than a few gray hairs escape under his visor, Singh is still in excellent shape and says that there is no tension or pain in his body.

"It's hard work, determination, to believe in what I believe in," said Singh, who survived a very windy Sunday to win the 1999 Honda in Herron Bay by two strokes against Payne Stewart. "I just feel like I'm playing like I did today … when you aim for a target and swing as you want and the ball comes out, it's the best feeling in the world."

Winning on Sunday would also be a very good feeling.