Singh takes early lead at Congressional

Vijay Singh shot a 68 in the opening round.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) – Congressional is finally playing like a U.S. Open course for the AT&T National.

Vijay Singh birdied his last hole Thursday for a 3-under 68, giving him a one-shot lead over Navy veteran Billy Hurley III. They were the only players to break 70 among the early starters on a warm day that was headed toward being extremely hot.

Hurley, who resigned his commission in the Navy three years ago, can handle the heat. He recalls it being 110 degrees in the shade while in the Persian Gulf. The tougher test was Congressional, with firm greens that made it difficult to make birdies.

Tiger Woods, who won at Congressional the last time the AT&T National was in town three years ago, was among the late starters.