Byrd, Pettersson share early lead

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KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson both fired seven-under 66s Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Byrd qualified late in the year with a walkoff win in Las Vegas. He aced the fourth playoff hole for his fourth PGA Tour title. Pettersson qualified in July when he was a one-stroke winner at the Canadian Open.

Ben Crane is one shot off the lead as he opened with a 67.

Jim Furyk, Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman all carded five-under 68s to share fourth place. Furyk, the 2001 champ, was the last American to win this title.

Geoff Ogilvy, the two-time defending champion, withdrew before teeing off. The Australian received 12 stitches in his right index finger after cutting it in the ocean earlier in the week. He was unable to play due the injury.

Byrd did most of his scoring in bunches. He rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt on the second and made it two in a row with a tap-in birdie on the third.

At the par-five fifth, Byrd two-putted for birdie to get to three-under. He came right back with a 10-footer for birdie on No. 6.

The 32-year-old two-putted for birdie on the par-five ninth. On the 10th, Byrd jumped to minus-seven, when he holed a wedge shot from 110 yards out for eagle.

Byrd gave one shot back with a three-putt bogey on the 13th. He recovered that lost stroke with a birdie effort from just inside 10 feet at the 15th. Byrd then parred the final three to end at minus-seven.

"I felt pretty good out there. I was a little nervous starting the year," Byrd admitted. "You never really know what to expect. You get excited to come here and have a little extra room off the tees and little bigger greens, kind of makes it a little easier to start. But I got off to a good start."

Pettersson also did most of his scoring in bunches. He sank a nine-foot birdie try on the third. The Swede drained a birdie effort from just inside five feet on four and made it three in a row with a two-putt birdie at five.

The 33-year-old stumbled to a bogey on the sixth. He drove within 60 yards of the green, but left his second in the rough and was unable to save par from six feet.

"I hit a pretty good drive down the hill and only had 58 yards left and had a downhill lie and I just chunked my flop shot," Pettersson stated. "I didn't get up-and-down. It was a weak bogey."

Pettersson birdied three in a row again from the 10th. The run started with a six-footer and he followed with a 23-foot birdie putt on 11. Pettersson capped the spurt with a nine-foot birdie effort at 12.

He got within one of the lead with a birdie putt from just inside four feet on the 14th. Pettersson converted a seven-footer for birdie at the last to join Byrd in the lead.

"I played nice all day and made one stupid bogey, but that sort of happens in every round," Pettersson said. "I hit my irons great and made the putts, and it's a great combination to have."

Three-time champion Stuart Appleby opened with a four-under 69. He was joined in seventh place by Robert Garrigus, 2009 runner-up Anthony Kim, Matt Kuchar, Francesco Molinari and 2008 runner-up Steve Stricker.

NOTES: Bubba Watson was the only player to eagle the par-five 18th on Thursday...Furyk, the final player to tee off on No. 18 in the 33-player field, was the only one to miss the fairway...Eighteen of the last 19 winners have made it to the Tour Championship at the end of the season.


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