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January 14 2011

10:30 PM

Appleby on top after opening 64

The best round of the day, so far, in the day-late first round belongs to a guy who’s won in Hawaii before: Stuart Appleby. While the Aussie’s victories in the Aloha State have all come at Kapalua in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he’s off to a pretty good start at Waialae with an opening 64 that included four birdies and an eagle on the par-4 16th.

Appleby, the PGA TOUR’S Comeback Player of the Year in 2010, has plenty of company, though, with Justin Rose and Mark Wilson a shot back. Another shot back from that is Chris Riley.

Perhaps the most surprising name near the top of the leaderboard right now? Alexandre Rocha, who is a 33-year-old rookie from Brazil making his debut this week.

While Rocha played in just four career TOUR events prior to this week, he did show flashes at last year’s Honda Classic, which he got into after going through two qualifiers. He opened with a 66 to sit just one shot off the lead before finishing in a tie for 59th.

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