15 Jan '11, 2am

Golf: Appleby takes early lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Australia's Stuart Appleby seized the early clubhouse lead as the soggy Sony Open at last got underway on Friday, firing a six-under 64 for a one-shot edge over a group including Justin Rose. Appleby opened with eight straight pars before a birdie at the ninth on the soaked Waialea Country Club course. Back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 were followed by an eagle at the par-four 16th and another birdie at 17. Appleby chipped in for birdie from in front of the 12th green. At 16 he was 163 yards away and hit a five-iron - not expecting to hear the cheer when it went in. He rolled in a 35-footer at 17. "Less than two hours, really went from a pretty plain round to a good round," Appleby said. The group in the clubhouse on 65 included England's Rose, Mark Wilson and US tour rookie Nate Smith with the afternoon starters still on the course. Appleby described th...

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