By TIM REYNOLDS
DORAL, Fla. — Vijay Singh beat everything but the rain at Doral on Saturday.
On a day where just about all the contenders at the CA Championship were under par — oddly, except Tiger Woods — Singh went lower than anyone else and thrust himself squarely back into the title chase.
With seven birdies, an eagle and a bogey, Singh was 8 under through 16 holes to get within three shots of leader Geoff Ogilvy when the tournament was suspended. Singh was 11 under for the week when play was stopped, and his third round was on pace to be his best-ever at Doral; he shot 65 on the Blue Monster in the first round eight years ago.
Singh’s day started with back-to-back birdies, and he remained at 2 under for the day when making the turn.
He took off from there.
A birdie at the 10th, an eagle at the par-5 12th and Singh was on his way to a huge run. He followed the eagle with three more birdies in a four-hole stretch before play was suspended around 1:15 p.m. by storms. He was 6 under on the back nine Saturday, after playing those holes in a relatively ordinary 1 under in the opening two rounds, and left a 7-foot birdie try on the 17th green when the round was halted.
Of the 79 players in the CA Championship field, 49 were under par for their third round when play was stopped.
Woods, who hasn’t lost a tournament since September, was even par Saturday through 11 holes, finishing the day three shots behind Ogilvy and two behind Adam Scott.
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NOT-SO-GREAT: A British newspaper referred to Adam Scott on Saturday as “the great Aussie underachiever,” and as one might expect, the world’s No. 5 player wasn’t thrilled by that assessment.
So far this week, Scott has hardly unachieved.
He’s 13 under, one shot back of Geoff Ogilvy and alone in second place at the CA Championship. Scott, Ogilvy and Tiger Woods were on the 12th tee Saturday when play was suspended by rain.
“I certainly don’t think I’ve overachieved but I haven’t done too badly,” Scott said. “I think expectations, obviously, have been set high since Tiger succeeded so young and there’s a lot more expected out of young players who make it out here. It’s simply not as easy as Tiger made it look.”
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FEELING RASH: Germany’s Martin Kaymer stood out Saturday at the CA Championship, and it’s not because of his play.
Kaymer woke up Friday morning and saw he’d broken out in some sort of rash, which doctors believe is an allergic reaction, even though Kaymer doesn’t know of any allergies.
He went to a hospital for treatment and got a shot, but no relief yet.
“Maybe I ate something wrong,” Kaymer said.
The rash hurts him most on the bottom of his feet, which isn’t a good thing for someone who makes a living playing a game where someone needs to walk a few miles every day.
“It’s not itchy,” Kaymer said. “But underneath my feet and fingers, it’s interfering with my golf.”
After a 73 Saturday, Kaymer is 1 under for the week at Doral.
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DIVOTS: Only 18 of the 79 players in the field finished their third rounds Saturday. … Rain began falling around 1 p.m. and play was suspended for three hours before tournament officials decided that the third round wouldn’t resume until 8:30 a.m. Sunday. “Hopefully,” PGA Tour rules official Slugger White said. … The third-round leaders are scheduled to begin their final round at 1:45 p.m.