Appleby leads Sony Open by one

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HONOLULU - Australian Stuart Appleby fired a six-under 64 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Appleby, who was the runner-up at this event in 2000, is one shot clear of nine players at Waialae Country Club.

Matt Kuchar, who topped the PGA Tour money list in 2010, and Justin Rose both shot five-under 65 in the opening round. They were joined in second place by Shigeki Maruyama, Mark Wilson, Steve Marino, Nate Smith, Michael Connell, Mark Leishman and Ben Martin.

The first round was washed out on Thursday and pushed back a day. Round two will take place Saturday, while officials hope to squeeze in 36 holes of action on Sunday.

Appleby got off to a slow start Friday as he parred his first eight holes. He finally got into red figures thanks to a two-putt birdie on the par-five ninth.

Around the turn, Appleby chipped in for birdie from just off the 12th green and came right back with a nine-foot birdie putt on No. 13.

Appleby jumped to five-under as he holed a five-iron from 163 yards out for eagle.

"Just a little knock-down five-iron and the breeze wasn't blowing very much," Appleby said of the shot. "It looked pretty good. I just got a bit lucky because it landed right of the hole."

The Australian poured in a long birdie putt from just inside 36 feet for birdie on the 17th. He parred the last to end one stroke clear of the field.

"I think we were all a bit sort of anxious to get going, and obviously we're going to really play a lot of golf very quickly here with 36 holes on Sunday," said Appleby. "I'd like to keep the momentum going from what I had this morning, and it'll be a bit of a crap shoot Sunday no doubt no matter what's happening on the leaderboard."

Since rain earlier in the week washed out the pro-am on Wednesday and all of Thursday's action, Appleby took to a balcony Thursday to get loose and find his swing.

"I went out late in the afternoon for about 20 minutes and swung sand wedges on the balcony of the fire exit that overlooked this view here," Appleby explained. "I just sat there with a glove on hitting imaginary balls and working on my technique for about 20 minutes and getting a feel for it. That was really my whole practice right there."

Rose, who played alongside Appleby, birdied the second, but gave that stroke back as he bogeyed the par-three seventh. The Englishman poured in four consecutive birdies from the ninth to jump to minus-four.

After five straight pars, Rose got up and down for birdie at the 18th to end one stroke behind his playing partner.

"The putter never got hot, but I began to see some 20-footers go in, which was awesome," Rose stated. "I read the greens really well today."

Chris Riley and Wen-chong Liang share 11th place at four-under 66.

NOTES: Defending champion Ryan Palmer opened with a two-under 68 and is part of a large group tied for 24th ... Palmer is hoping to be the first player since Ernie Els (2003-04) to repeat as champion ... Officials are planning to play 36 holes on Sunday with the cut being the closest number to 60 as opposed to the low 70 and ties ... Dave Eichelberger, a six-time winner on the Champions Tour, struggled to a six-over 76 ... There are two amateurs in the field this week. David Saka had the better round of the two as he posted a one-over 71, while Hideki Matsuyama struggled to a four-over 74.


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