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Crowd favorite shoots 65

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:28 a.m. HST, Jan 15, 2011

Shigeki Maruyama's bright yellow ball wasn't the only thing that stood out about his round yesterday.

Playing on a sponsor's exemption, the crowd favorite shot a 5-under 65, matching his best professional round ever at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Maruyama, who opened with the same score two years ago, has played in all 13 Sony Opens, placing in the top 10 three times.

"I love playing here," he said. "It's not a long course like we find out on the tour most weeks. The rough isn't real deep, and there's not a lot of lakes and hazards, so I can really enjoy playing here."

With a gallery matching anybody else's yesterday in size, Maruyama was accurate off the tee, hitting 11 of 14 fairways. He needed only 28 putts and followed up a bogey on No. 17 with a birdie on 18 to join a group of eight other golfers behind leader Stuart Appleby.

"I really hit my driver well, really put it in the fairway all day long, and I was hitting really good putts," Maruyama said. "I was able to get a really good lie and go after the pins, so that really was the key."

Sitting at 1 over through five, Maruyama birdied five consecutive holes to get himself on the leaderboard.

He drew a nice cheer on 18 when he sunk a 6-foot putt for birdie, his eighth of the day.

"This is the No. 1 tour spot for Japanese to come here in Hawaii, and it helps me to have a lot of gallery fans pulling for me," he said.

Defending champ in hunt

Defending champion Ryan Palmer shot a bogey-free 2-under-par 68. He birdied the par-5 No. 9 hole and the par-4 No. 16.

"I hit the ball good," Palmer said. "I drove it pretty good. My irons weren't as crisp as I could have had, but my short game was there when I needed it. ... It's good to get off to a good start."

Palmer wore a microphone during the round, and had some fun with it when he encountered some ants. "I feel threatened," he said, mockingly.

"I honestly didn't feel like I had (the mic) on me most of the time," Palmer said. "I felt it in my shirt just from my arm hitting it, but other than that, I hope it came off good."

Forgetful Appleby

Yesterday was first-day leader Stuart Appleby's best round here in 11 years.

Not that he remembered his previous best, a second-place finish to Paul Azinger in 2000 that opened with a 66.

"Don't remember it," Appleby said after shooting a 6-under par 64, good for a one-shot lead yesterday over nine golfers.

"I don't have a great memory for looking back on scores. They don't really mean that much to me. Gary Player can mention numerous whatever rounds and what clubs he hit and, come Sunday, I might be able to remember. I'll remember hole 17 or 16, but that's probably all I'll remember."

The par-4 16th was where he landed an eagle yesterday.

Hayashi in Hall of Fame

Earning the final spot in the Sony Open field on Monday altered Kevin Hayashi's plans for the week.

Not that he's complaining.

The Hilo pro entered the Monday qualifier not really expecting to make the cut and figured he'd fly to Oahu for last night's induction into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame.

But he won a playoff for the fourth and final spot to scuttle that plan and he opened his 10th appearance in a Hawaiian/ Sony Open with a 5-over-par 75.

"It's a crazy week for me, but I'm just trying to soak it in, trying to enjoy things," Hayashi said before heading to the ceremony.

"It's hard to enjoy it when you're making bogeys out there, but I'll try to enjoy it tonight."

Hayashi spent part of Thursday's day off by attending the Earth, Wind and Fire concert at the Hawaii Convention Center and entered the Hall of Fame with Greg Meyer last night. Making the cut today will be tough, but the chance to tee it up again in the event remains quite a payoff in itself.

"I think it's a little more special now because I don't know when my last Sony will be," Hayashi said.

Course in solid shape

After Wednesday night's storm rendered the course unplayable on Thursday, the tournament opened under lift, clean and place rules. But the players were impressed with the condition of the course considering the amount of rain it absorbed.

"We had a lot of rain and the course is in perfect shape," Dean Wilson said. "I can imagine what work the grounds crew put in just to get this round in."

There were still a few reminders of the rain remaining yesterday morning as crews continued to work on the fairway bunkers on No. 18 after play began.

 

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TODAY'S TEE TIMES

First tee
7:10 a.m.
Billy Mayfair
Chris DiMarco
Kent Jones
7:20 a.m.
John Senden
Brandt Jobe
Tag Ridings
7:30 a.m.
Boo Weekley
Tom Gillis
Chad Collins
7:40 a.m.
Tim Clark
Bo Van Pelt
K.J. Choi
7:50 a.m.
Zach Johnson
Rory Sabbatini
Robert Allenby
8 a.m.
Rocco Mediate
Jerry Kelly
D.J. Trahan
8:10 a.m.
Johnson Wagner
Charlie Wi
Marc Leishman
8:20 a.m.
Kevin Na
Brendon de Jonge
Fredrik Jacobson
8:30 a.m.
Chris Baryla
Zack Miller
Kevin Kisner
8:40 a.m.
Kevin Chappell
Fabian Gomez
David Saka*
8:50 a.m.
D.J. Brigman
Colt Knost
Michio Matsumura
9 a.m.
Bio Kim
William McGirt
Doug LaBelle II
11:40 a.m.
Steve Flesch
Joe Durant
Shane Bertsch
11:50 a.m.
Jeff Maggert
Webb Simpson
Jimmy Walker
Noon
Jesper Parnevik
Jason Dufner
Jim Renner
12:10 p.m.
Jonathan Byrd
Jim Furyk
Ernie Els
12:20 p.m.
Robert Garrigus
Adam Scott
Camilo Villegas
12:30 p.m.
Matt Bettencourt
Jason Bohn
Nathan Green
12:40 p.m.
Dean H. Wilson
David Duval
Jamie Lovemark
12:50 p.m.
Charles Howell III
Tim Petrovic
John Daly
1 p.m.
Keegan Bradley
Scott Stallings
Tony Finau
1:10 p.m.
Jhonattan Vegas
Alexandre Rocha
Hideki Matsuyama*
1:20 p.m.
Hunter Haas
Bobby Gates
Sunghoon Kang
1:30 p.m.
Gary Woodland
Joe Affrunti
Shunsuke Sonoda
10th tee
7:10 a.m.
Alex Cejka
Roland Thatcher
Blake Adams
7:20 a.m.
Ryuji Imada
Steve Marino
Matt Jones
7:30 a.m.
John Merrick
Michael Sim
Jeff Klauk
7:40 a.m.
Matt Kuchar
Steve Stricker
Ryan Palmer
7:50 a.m.
Jason Day
Anthony Kim
Vijay Singh
8 a.m.
Arjun Atwal
Cameron Beckman
Pat Perez
8:10 a.m.
Paul Goydos
Alex Prugh
Michael Connell
8:20 a.m.
Tim Herron
Shigeki Maruyama
Jeff Overton
8:30 a.m.
Cameron Tringale
Ben Martin
WC Liang
8:40 a.m.
Jim Herman
Brendan Steele
Koumei Oda
8:50 a.m.
Scott Gutschewski
Jarrod Lyle
Steven Bowditch
9 a.m.
Kyle Stanley
Martin Piller
Joseph Bramlett
11:40 a.m.
Aaron Baddeley
Josh Teater
Troy Merritt
11:50 a.m.
Shaun Micheel
Dave Eichelberger
Charles Warren
Noon
Chris Riley
Duffy Waldorf
Paul Stankowski
12:10 p.m.
Heath Slocum
Carl Pettersson
Brian Gay
12:20 p.m.
Stuart Appleby
Justin Rose
Justin Leonard
12:30 p.m.
Derek Lamely
Mark Wilson
Davis Love III
12:40 p.m.
Troy Matteson
Marc Turnesa
Fred Funk
12:50 p.m.
Chad Campbell
Brian Davis
Spencer Levin
1 p.m.
Tommy Gainey
Michael Thompson
Matt McQuillan
1:10 p.m.
Chris Kirk
Nate Smith
Tadahiro Takayama
1:20 p.m.
Michael Putnam
David Hearn
Peter Tomasulo
1:30 p.m.
David Mathis
Daniel Summerhays
Kevin Hayashi
*--amateur

SCOREBOARD

At Waialae Country Club
Purse: $5.5 million
Yardage: 7,044; Par 70 (35-35)
First Round
Stuart Appleby 34-30 -- 64
Justin Rose 34-31 -- 65
Mark Wilson 34-31 -- 65
Nate Smith 35-30 -- 65
Steve Marino 35-30 -- 65
Matt Kuchar 32-33 -- 65
Michael Connell 31-34 -- 65
Marc Leishman 33-32 -- 65
Shigeki Maruyama 32-33 -- 65
Ben Martin 32-33 -- 65
Chris Riley 35-31 -- 66
WC Liang 33-33 -- 66
Chad Campbell 32-35 -- 67
Roland Thatcher 34-33 -- 67
Billy Mayfair 31-36 -- 67
Chris DiMarco 32-35 -- 67
Kent Jones 34-33 -- 67
Brandt Jobe 35-32 -- 67
Arjun Atwal 33-34 -- 67
Jeff Overton 34-33 -- 67
Kevin Na 33-34 -- 67
Scott Gutschewski 33-34 -- 67
Steven Bowditch 33-34 -- 67
Webb Simpson 34-34 -- 68
Jimmy Walker 35-33 -- 68
Davis Love III 34-34 -- 68
Matt Bettencourt 35-33 -- 68
Jason Bohn 34-34 -- 68
Brian Davis 33-35 -- 68
Charles Howell III 35-33 -- 68
John Daly 35-33 -- 68
Matt McQuillan 34-34 -- 68
Chris Kirk 33-35 -- 68
Alexandre Rocha 34-34 -- 68
Tag Ridings 32-36 -- 68
Michael Sim 33-35 -- 68
Boo Weekley 34-34 -- 68
Ryan Palmer 34-34 -- 68
Tim Clark 34-34 -- 68
Jerry Kelly 33-35 -- 68
Charlie Wi 33-35 -- 68
Brendon de Jonge 32-36 -- 68
Fredrik Jacobson 35-33 -- 68
Jarrod Lyle 34-34 -- 68
Colt Knost 34-34 -- 68
Charles Warren 38-31 -- 69
Duffy Waldorf 35-34 -- 69
Jason Dufner 33-36 -- 69
Jim Renner 35-34 -- 69
Heath Slocum 34-35 -- 69
Brian Gay 35-34 -- 69
Jonathan Byrd 34-35 -- 69
Fred Funk 36-33 -- 69
Peter Tomasulo 34-35 -- 69
John Merrick 34-35 -- 69
Jeff Klauk 34-35 -- 69
Steve Stricker 37-32 -- 69
Jason Day 35-34 -- 69
Rory Sabbatini 36-33 -- 69
Cameron Beckman 34-35 -- 69
Pat Perez 36-33 -- 69
Paul Goydos 32-37 -- 69
Johnson Wagner 32-37 -- 69
Zack Miller 36-33 -- 69
Jim Herman 35-34 -- 69
Josh Teater 34-36 -- 70
Jesper Parnevik 33-37 -- 70
Jim Furyk 35-35 -- 70
Ernie Els 34-36 -- 70
Justin Leonard 34-36 -- 70
Nathan Green 35-35 -- 70
Spencer Levin 37-33 -- 70
Keegan Bradley 36-34 -- 70
Alex Cejka 36-34 -- 70
Chad Collins 36-34 -- 70
Bo Van Pelt 35-35 -- 70
K.J. Choi 35-35 -- 70
Vijay Singh 38-32 -- 70
Rocco Mediate 35-35 -- 70
Alex Prugh 35-35 -- 70
Kevin Chappell 34-36 -- 70
Fabian Gomez 36-34 -- 70
D.J. Brigman 38-32 -- 70
Michio Matsumura 35-35 -- 70
Troy Merritt 36-35 -- 71
Steve Flesch 36-35 -- 71
Derek Lamely 37-34 -- 71
Marc Turnesa 35-36 -- 71
Dean H. Wilson 34-37 -- 71
Tim Petrovic 36-35 -- 71
Tony Finau 35-36 -- 71
Jhonattan Vegas 36-35 -- 71
David Hearn 35-36 -- 71
David Mathis 37-34 -- 71
Daniel Summerhays 37-34 -- 71
Matt Jones 37-34 -- 71
John Senden 37-34 -- 71
Anthony Kim 32-39 -- 71
David Saka 35-36 -- 71
Kyle Stanley 37-34 -- 71
Joseph Bramlett 35-36 -- 71
Carl Pettersson 36-36 -- 72
Adam Scott 38-34 -- 72
Troy Matteson 35-37 -- 72
David Duval 38-34 -- 72
Jamie Lovemark 36-36 -- 72
Michael Putnam 36-36 -- 72
Bobby Gates 36-36 -- 72
Sunghoon Kang 34-38 -- 72
Blake Adams 35-37 -- 72
Zach Johnson 36-36 -- 72
Robert Allenby 36-36 -- 72
Aaron Baddeley 35-38 -- 73
Joe Durant 36-37 -- 73
Robert Garrigus 36-37 -- 73
Scott Stallings 38-35 -- 73
Tadahiro Takayama 38-35 -- 73
Gary Woodland 36-37 -- 73
Joe Affrunti 35-38 -- 73
Ryuji Imada 36-37 -- 73
D.J. Trahan 37-36 -- 73
Chris Baryla 38-35 -- 73
Koumei Oda 37-36 -- 73
Martin Piller 38-35 -- 73
Bio Kim 36-37 -- 73
Doug LaBelle II 37-36 -- 73
Shane Bertsch 38-36 -- 74
Shaun Micheel 38-36 -- 74
Hideki Matsuyama 36-38 -- 74
Hunter Haas 38-36 -- 74
Shunsuke Sonoda 39-35 -- 74
Tom Gillis 37-37 -- 74
Tim Herron 36-38 -- 74
William McGirt 39-35 -- 74
Jeff Maggert 41-34 -- 75
Camilo Villegas 37-38 -- 75
Kevin Hayashi 38-37 -- 75
Cameron Tringale 40-35 -- 75
Dave Eichelberger 39-37 -- 76
Paul Stankowski 39-37 -- 76
Tommy Gainey 36-40 -- 76
Kevin Kisner 38-39 -- 77
Brendan Steele 36-41 -- 77
Michael Thompson 40-40 -- 80





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