Shigeki Maruyama and Stuart Appleby were tied at 10-under par atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday at Waialae Country Club.
Maruyama fired eight birdies on Saturday but also three bogeys while fashioning a round of 32-33—65 to go with his first round 65 on Friday.
Appleby, who held the first-round lead alone, shot 32-34—66 yesterday.
Roland Thatcher, Steve Marino and Mark Wilson enter today tied for third, two strokes back at 8-under for the tournament.
Shaun Micheel shot a hole-in-one Saturday on the 198-yard hole No. 17, using a 6-iron. He missed the cut at 2-over for the first two rounds.
Because the opening round was washed out by rain, the Sony Open is to be decided by a 36-hole final round. The 41-year-old Maruyama looked at his shoes and said with a laugh, “My feet. It’s a problem.”
“I’m getting older, and 36 holes is going to be a struggle,” Maruyama said.
Maruyama, playing on a sponsor exemption, is popular at this tournament with several Japanese in the gallery and a Japanese sponsor. He has not been heard from much since going three straight seasons with a PGA Tour victory a decade ago, part of that from back and shoulder issues.
Waialae is one of his favorite courses, however, because there’s not a premium on length. Accuracy wasn’t a big deal for him Saturday, as he hit only five fairways. Putting? That helps anywhere, and Maruyama had only 25 putts, helped by holing the bunker shot on No. 7 and knocking in a 40-foot putt from the fringe on the 15th.
But he is well aware the tournament is only half over.
“I haven’t gotten that far yet to think about winning,” he said through an interpreter. “Right now, it’s just been about really trying to play good golf and entertain the Japanese tourists who are here in number.”
Anthony Kim had the best score of the morning group, a 64 that got him back into the picture.
The cut was to be the nearest number of players to 60th place to keep the field small for the 36-hole final. Anyone finishing in the top 70 will still receive credit for a cut, along with money and FedEx Cup points.
“Anybody who’s made the cut has got a decent change to play for the championship tomorrow,” Thatcher said.