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Maruyama, Appleby share lead at altered Sony Open

HONOLULU — Stuart Appleby finished with three straight birdies to tie Shigeki Maruyama for the lead Saturday at the Sony Open, setting up a long final round in which just about everyone is still in the game.

Because the opening round was washed out at Waialae, today will feature a 36-hole final.

Maruyama holed out from the bunker to the right of the par-3 seventh late in his round and shot another 5-under 65. Appleby had a strong finish for the second straight day and shot 66. They were at 10-under 130.

Mark Wilson (67), Steve Marino (67) and Roland Thatcher (65) were one shot behind, while the group at 132 included Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar, who is coming off a year in which he won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy.

Still, the tournament is only half over.

Because of the 36-hole final, the cut was made to the number of players nearest to 60. That means only the 57 players who finished on 3-under 137 will play today. Daniel Summerhays and Matt McQuillan made late birdies to bump out the players at 2-under 138, a group that included Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson and Fred Funk, who birdied the last hole and thought he was in.

The top 70 — which includes those at 1 under — will get credit for making the cut, earning money and FedEx Cup points.

Appleby, who holed out from the 16th fairway for eagle in his opening round, got going Saturday by chipping in from 90 feet across the green on the par-3 seventh. He added a pair of birdies to catch Maruyama, who played in the morning.

What does a share of the lead mean going into today? Not as much as it normally would.

"A bit of a crap shoot," Appleby said. 'There's a lot of guys in this tournament, absolutely. So it will be an interesting finish."

Joburg Open

At Johannesburg, defending champion Charl Schwartzel shot a 2-under 69 for a share of the Joburg Open lead with fellow South Africans Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy.

Mulroy also had a 69, and Aiken shot a 68 to match Schwartzel at 15-under 198. Scotland's David Drysdale (67) was a stroke back in the event sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours.