At 49 years old, Vijay Singh should be licking his chops at the prospect of lighting up the Champions Tour next season.
Instead, he is in prime position to make a run at a fourth major championship.
Singh shot a Friday, morning-wave best round of 3-under 69 to reach 4 under through two rounds of the 94th PGA Championship.
"Right now it feels great," he said. "But I just never thought about the score. I just kept adding it up each hole and trying to make my pars on every hole. That was the key."
In blustery conditions at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, Singh made plenty of pars, but also five birdies against two bogeys to post a round two shots better than Phil Mickelson, the next best player in the morning half of the draw.
The Fijian, however, said he stopped thinking about his score. His focus had to be on each shot.
"After a while you don't really think about your score," he said. "You just think about each hole, each shot and just try not to mess up. Those 2‑footers are important out here."
Four years ago, Singh began a playoff run to the FedEx Cup by convincing himself he was the best putter in the world. A similar mind trick could guide him to supplanting Julius Boros (1968 PGA Championship) as the oldest winner of a major.
"I've just been telling myself I'm swinging the club really well, but nothing is going," he said. "All of a sudden it clicked, and it clicked at the British, played well at Greenbrier, didn't finish it off. I've been playing well for a while, it's just the last two weeks was great, and so far it's been unbelievable."