Jeev tied for lead at PGA Championship

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Jeev Milkha Singh carded a two-under 68 and grab a share of the lead in the first round of the 90th PGA Championship.

Updated: August 14, 2008 16:22 IST
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Bloomfield Township, Michigan:

On a day when only six golfers managed to break par, Indian pro Jeev Milkha Singh survived the test of patience from "The Monster" to card a two-under 68 and grab a share of the lead in the first round of the 90th PGA Championship.

Jeev was tied with Swede Robert Karlsson before thunderstorms and darkness forced an early end to the proceedings.

Nicknamed "the Monster", the Oakland Hills bared its fangs and 16 of the 18 holes on the course went over par with the first, sixth, 16th and 18th producing more than 10 scores of double bogey or worse.

"A great test of golf and patience," was how Jeev described the course after finishing his round.

The seasoned pro did not make the best of starts and bogeyed the first hole. However, he immediately made amends with an eagle on the par-five second hole.

A fifth-hole birdie followed but once again Jeev was pulled back by a bogey, this time on the seventh, as he made the turn one-under.

Jeev's backward journey started with a bogey on the 10th but he ensured a positive end to his round with birdies on the 15th and 17th.

"Just kept plugging away and made a lot of up and downs, and I think that my putting helped me quite a bit today," Jeev said.

"My short game was sharp. Didn't drive the ball that good, but any time you shoot under par in a major championship, I think you got to take it and put it deep down in your pocket, and I've done that today," he added.

If Jeev's round was steady, Karlsson's was spectacular.

The Swede suffered a double bogey on the very first hole. but instead of being bogged down by the setback, Karlsson stunned one and all by reeling off five birdies in six holes.

He went from two-over after his first hole to three-under after his first nine. With a birdie and two bogeys on the back-nine, Karlsson managed just enough to be in lead.

"A little bit too interesting, I think," Karlsson said about his round.

Argentina's Andres Romero was also at two-under but still had two holes left to play when the round was suspended due to darkness with 18 players left on the course.

Ken Duke, Sergio Garcia, Billy Mayfair and Sean O'Hair were all tied for the second spot at one-under.

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