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January 16 2011

8:43 PM

Round 3: Halfway point update

HONOLULU -- The leaders have now reached the halfway point of their third rounds, and one thing seems apparent -- no player is going to run away with the championship.

Stuart Appleby and Roland Thatcher share the lead at 12 under, with Mark Wilson one stroke back. Shigeki Maruyama, Jimmy Walker and Steve Marino are at 10 under. Six other players are within four shots of the lead, with plenty of golf remaining in this 36-hole finish Sunday.

Thatcher has the hottest hand of the day. Teeing off on the 10th hole in the third round, he's a bogey-free 4 under through his first nine holes, having rolled in putts from inside 10 feet, from 14 feet and from outside 18 feet.

Appleby, who shared the 36-hole lead with Maruyama, hasn't gotten much help from his putter. He bogeyed the 14th after missing a par putt just outside six feet, then missed a birdie opportunity inside four feet at the par-4 16th.

He did, however, hit a brilliant shot out of the fairway bunker at the par-5 18th, leaving him a 3-foot, 5-inch putt for eagle that he drained, enabling him to jump back into a tie for the lead..

Maruyama has had to scramble for most of the first nine holes. He's missed five of his first seven fairways, and five of his first eight greens.

Thatcher briefly held the solo lead at 11 under after Maruyama bogeyed the 17th hole (his eight hole of the day).

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