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Stuart Appleby opens early lead

Updated: January 14, 2011, 11:50 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- The Sony Open took a while to get started. So did Stuart Appleby.

Appleby was humming along Friday on rain-soaked Waialae Country Club, no bogeys on his cards but not many birdies, either. That changed when he holed a 163-yard shot from the fairway and a 35-foot putt on the next green to finish with a 6-under 64.

That gave him a one-shot lead over nine players from Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose to a pair of rookies in Nathan Smith and Ben Martin. In soft condition and only ...

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