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Sony Open Notebook

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Els caught by surprise

Ernie Els could only smile.

After his tee shot on the par-3 17th landed within 5 feet of the cup, Els went up to his ball to fix the divot nearby.

Meanwhile, Jim Furyk, last year's PGA Tour player of the year, was struggling on his way to a 1-over 71 to miss the cut.

His tee shot landed 36 feet from the hole, but Furyk had his putter ready, walked to his ball, and gave it a quick look before putting with Els still hovering over the hole.

Startled by Furyk's quick putt, Els moved to step back, but stopped as the ball continued on a direct line to the hole, dropping into the cup for a birdie.

As if to apologize for being in his way, Els reached into the hole to grab Furyk's ball and tossed it back to him with a little smirk.

Els went on to make birdie and finish with a 65 to sit at 5 under, five shots back of the leaders.

 

Els sponsors own tourney

Ernie Els has played 30 rounds at Waialae Country Club and shot par or better all but twice after yesterday's 65 kicked him into a 12-way tie for 20th. He already has five top-10 finishes at Sony and is the only golfer to defend a title, winning in 2003 and '04.

His Hawaii ties include designing the Hoakalei Country Club course, which opened two years ago in Ewa Beach.

But that is hardly the most memorable slice of Els' diverse life.

He recently was named one of the "Top Five Most Positive Athletes in the World" by the United Nations NGO Voting Academy. Els was nominated by Autism Speaks and judged based on his "community involvement and impact on his community."

Els and his wife, Liezl, have been raising awareness and funds to fight autism since their son Ben was diagnosed. The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009.

 

Big finish for Summerhays

Daniel Summerhays went into his 16th hole at 2 under and knowing he needed to make a move to qualify for today's rounds.

And boy did he ever.

Summerhays birdied each of his final three holes to close out a round of 64, tied for the low score of the day, and secure two more tee times by moving to 5 under for the tournament.

"I'm looking forward to a long day tomorrow," Summerhays said after finishing in the final group of the day at No. 9. 'It's going to start early and end late, but I'm really excited to be playing."

 

Meyer, Hayashi inducted

Hilo's Kevin Hayashi and Gregory Meyer were inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame on Friday night, a few hours after Hayashi fired 75 in the opening round of his 10th Sony Open in Hawaii start.

Hayashi closed with a 71 yesterday to miss the cut for the ninth time. He got through last year, at age 47, by firing a second-round 67 to make it on the number.

Meyer, 49, plays almost exclusively in Japan now, but he also made 10 starts at Waialae, between 1991 and 2005. He made the cut in 1999 and 2005.

The pair have more in common than the Sony Open and golf. Meyer's mother and Hayashi's father graduated together from Hilo High.

 

Eagles keep coming

Waialae's par-5 ninth hole yielded eight eagles on Friday and surrendered seven more yesterday, with Kevin Chappell and Sunghoon Kang carding 3s there in both of the first two rounds.

Chappell was at 1 over coming into No. 9 yesterday and in jeopardy of missing the cut. He stuck his second shot inside of 2 feet from 196 yards away and dropped the putt to fall into red numbers.

"I made eagle there (Friday) to end my round and my caddie and I talked about that last night, 'How much better would you feel to make eagle and then play the back side?' " Chappell said. "I said you'd have a lot of momentum."

Chappell, a tour rookie out of UCLA, went on to make birdie putts of 17 and 15 feet on holes 14 and 15 to move to 3 under, which ended up right at the cutline.

Kang finished at 3 over and missed the cut.

 

Micheel gets hole-in-one

Shaun Micheel, winner of the 2003 PGA Championship, had a hole-in-one at the 17th. He used a 6-iron to hit it 198 yards, and drained it after three bounces.

Micheel still missed the cut at 68--142.

 

Inside the numbers

Waialae Country Club played a shot easier yesterday even with players not allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls.

The scoring average was nearly 1 under par, at 69.070. For Friday's first round, with players allowed to improve their lie because of wet conditions, Waialae played to an average of 70.132.

The easiest hole continued to be the par-5 ninth, which played more than half a shot under par yesterday (4.427).

The toughest hole was the par-4 13th, home to 43 bogeys, two double-bogeys and a scoring average of 4.238 in the second round.

Only 35 players were over par yesterday, compared to 60 on Friday.

Hilo's Kevin Hayashi made the day's longest putt, sinking it from 56 feet on the sixth hole.

 

Today's Tee Times

Third Round
First Tee
7 a.m.
Chris Riley
Ernie Els
Chris Kirk
7:10 a.m.
Daniel Summerhays
John Senden
John Merrick
7:20 a.m.
Tim Clark
Steve Stricker
Jason Day
7:30 a.m.
Cameron Beckman
Charlie Wi
WC Liang
7:40 a.m.
D.J. Brigman
Jesper Parnevik
Jason Dufner
7:50 a.m.
Billy Mayfair
Brandt Jobe
Ryan Palmer
8 a.m.
Alex Prugh
Kevin Chappell
Colt Knost
8:10 a.m.
Steven Bowditch
Aaron Baddeley
Webb Simpson
8:20 a.m.
Jonathan Byrd
Brian Gay
Jason Bohn
8:30 a.m.
Spencer Levin
Matt McQuillan
10th tee
7 a.m.
Arjun Atwal
Brendon de Jonge
Jeff Overton
7:10 a.m.
Rory Sabbatini
Anthony Kim
Jerry Kelly
7:20 a.m.
Chad Campbell
Tag Ridings
Michael Sim
7:30 a.m.
Kevin Na
Fredrik Jacobson
Davis Love III
7:40 a.m.
Boo Weekley
Marc Leishman
Michael Connell
7:50 a.m.
Matt Bettencourt
Nate Smith
Chris DiMarco
8 a.m.
Jarrod Lyle
Jimmy Walker
Justin Rose
8:10 a.m.
Steve Marino
Mark Wilson
Matt Kuchar
8:20 a.m.
Shigeki Maruyama
Stuart Appleby
Roland Thatcher
Fourth Round
First Tee
11:30 a.m.
Arjun Atwal
Brendon de Jonge
Jeff Overton
11:40 a.m.
Rory Sabbatini
Anthony Kim
Jerry Kelly
11:50 a.m.
Chad Campbell
Tag Ridings
Michael Sim
Noon
Kevin Na
Fredrik Jacobson
Davis Love III
12:10 p.m.
Boo Weekley
Marc Leishman
Michael Connell
12:20 p.m.
Matt Bettencourt
Nate Smith
Chris DiMarco
12:30 p.m.
Jarrod Lyle
Jimmy Walker
Justin Rose
12:40 p.m.
Steve Marino
Mark Wilson
Matt Kuchar
12:50 p.m.
Shigeki Maruyama
Stuart Appleby
Roland Thatcher
10th tee
11:30 a.m.
Chris Riley
Ernie Els
Chris Kirk
11:40 a.m.
Daniel Summerhays
John Senden
John Merrick
11:50 a.m.
Tim Clark
Steve Stricker
Jason Day
Noon
Cameron Beckman
Charlie Wi
WC Liang
12:10 p.m.
D.J. Brigman
Jesper Parnevik
Jason Dufner
12:20 p.m.
Billy Mayfair
Brandt Jobe
Ryan Palmer
12:30 p.m.
Alex Prugh
Kevin Chappell
Colt Knost
12:40 p.m.
Steven Bowditch
Aaron Baddeley
Webb Simpson
12:50 p.m.
Jonathan Byrd
Brian Gay
Jason Bohn
1 p.m.
Spencer Levin
Matt McQuillan

 

SCOREBOARD

At Waialae Country Club
Purse: $5.5 million
Yardage: 7,044; Par 70 (35-35)

Second Round

Shigeki Maruyama 65-65 — 130
Stuart Appleby 64-66 — 130
Roland Thatcher 67-65 — 132
Steve Marino 65-67 — 132
Mark Wilson 65-67 — 132
Matt Kuchar 65-68 — 133
Jarrod Lyle 68-65 — 133
Jimmy Walker 68-65 — 133
Justin Rose 65-68 — 133
Matt Bettencourt 68-65 — 133
Nate Smith 65-68 — 133
Chris DiMarco 67-67 — 134
Boo Weekley 68-66 — 134
Marc Leishman 65-69 — 134
Michael Connell 65-69 — 134
Kevin Na 67-67 — 134
Fredrik Jacobson 68-66 — 134
Davis Love III 68-66 — 134
Chad Campbell 67-67 — 134
Tag Ridings 68-67 — 135
Michael Sim 68-67 — 135
Rory Sabbatini 69-66 — 135
Anthony Kim 71-64 — 135
Jerry Kelly 68-67 — 135
Arjun Atwal 67-68 — 135
Brendon de Jonge 68-67 — 135
Jeff Overton 67-68 — 135
Chris Riley 66-69 — 135
Ernie Els 70-65 — 135
Chris Kirk 68-67 — 135
Daniel Summerhays 71-64 — 135
John Senden 71-65 — 136
John Merrick 69-67 — 136
Tim Clark 68-68 — 136
Steve Stricker 69-67 — 136
Jason Day 69-67 — 136
Cameron Beckman 69-67 — 136
Charlie Wi 68-68 — 136
WC Liang 66-70 — 136
D.J. Brigman 70-66 — 136
Jesper Parnevik 70-66 — 136
Jason Dufner 69-67 — 136
Billy Mayfair 67-70 — 137
Brandt Jobe 67-70 — 137
Ryan Palmer 68-69 — 137
Alex Prugh 70-67 — 137
Kevin Chappell 70-67 — 137
Colt Knost 68-69 — 137
Steven Bowditch 67-70 — 137
Aaron Baddeley 73-64 — 137
Webb Simpson 68-69 — 137
Jonathan Byrd 69-68 — 137
Brian Gay 69-68 — 137
Jason Bohn 68-69 — 137
Spencer Levin 70-67 — 137
Matt McQuillan 68-69 — 137

Made cut but will not play today

Kent Jones 67-71 — 138
Alex Cejka 70-68 — 138
Zach Johnson 72-66 — 138
Vijay Singh 70-68 — 138
Rocco Mediate 70-68 — 138
Ben Martin 65-73 — 138
Jim Herman 69-69 — 138
Scott Gutschewski 67-71 — 138
Fred Funk 69-69 — 138
Jhonattan Vegas 71-67 — 138
Alexandre Rocha 68-70 — 138
Ryuji Imada 73-66 — 139
Jeff Klauk 69-70 — 139
Pat Perez 69-70 — 139
Fabian Gomez 70-69 — 139
Michio Matsumura 70-69 — 139
Kyle Stanley 71-68 — 139
Joseph Bramlett 71-68 — 139
Steve Flesch 71-68 — 139
Jim Renner 69-70 — 139
Duffy Waldorf 69-70 — 139
Heath Slocum 69-70 — 139
Marc Turnesa 71-68 — 139
Charles Howell III 68-71 — 139
Keegan Bradley 70-69 — 139
David Hearn 71-68 — 139
Joe Affrunti 73-66 — 139

Failed to qualify
Chad Collins 70-70 — 140
Bo Van Pelt 70-70 — 140
Zack Miller 69-71 — 140
Carl Pettersson 72-68 — 140
Justin Leonard 70-70 — 140
Troy Matteson 72-68 — 140
John Daly 68-72 — 140
Brian Davis 68-72 — 140
Peter Tomasulo 69-71 — 140
Blake Adams 72-69 — 141
Matt Jones 71-70 — 141
Johnson Wagner 69-72 — 141
Paul Goydos 69-72 — 141
Charles Warren 69-72 — 141
Jim Furyk 70-71 — 141
Nathan Green 70-71 — 141
Derek Lamely 71-70 — 141
Tim Petrovic 71-70 — 141
Robert Allenby 72-70 — 142
Tim Herron 74-68 — 142
Bio Kim 73-69 — 142
Troy Merritt 71-71 — 142
Shaun Micheel 74-68 — 142
Robert Garrigus 73-69 — 142
Adam Scott 72-70 — 142
Dean Wilson 71-71 — 142
Jamie Lovemark 72-70 — 142
Scott Stallings 73-69 — 142
Tony Finau 71-71 — 142
Michael Putnam 72-70 — 142
David Mathis 71-71 — 142
Martin Piller 73-70 — 143
Shane Bertsch 74-69 — 143
Sunghoon Kang 72-71 — 143
Shunsuke Sonoda 74-69 — 143
Tom Gillis 74-70 — 144
K.J. Choi 70-74 — 144
D.J. Trahan 73-71 — 144
Cameron Tringale 75-69 — 144
Koumei Oda 73-71 — 144
Joe Durant 73-71 — 144
Josh Teater 70-74 — 144
Paul Stankowski 76-68 — 144
Camilo Villegas 75-69 — 144
David Duval 72-72 — 144
Hideki Matsuyama 74-70 — 144
Bobby Gates 72-72 — 144
Gary Woodland 73-71 — 144
William McGirt 74-71 — 145
Tommy Gainey 76-70 — 146
Hunter Haas 74-72 — 146
Kevin Hayashi 75-71 — 146
Chris Baryla 73-74 — 147
Brendan Steele 77-70 — 147
David Saka 71-77 — 148
Michael Thompson 80-69 — 149
Doug LaBelle II 73-77 — 150
Jeff Maggert 75-75 — 150
Dave Eichelberger 76-78 — 154
Kevin Kisner 77-78 — 155

 






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