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Singh has knee scoped

Associated Press / January 16, 2009
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Three-time major champion Vijay Singh had surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss the next three weeks on the PGA Tour.

Singh, the defending FedEx Cup champion, had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., to repair torn cartilage. He hopes to return in time for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

"The doctor says I'll be on crutches for a few days, and then I'll be OK," Singh said. "I don't consider this a big setback or anything. I think the knee will be much stronger in the long run, and it is certainly better that it happened now compared to the middle of the season."

PGA: Shigeki Maruyama took a step back from obscurity on the PGA Tour with a 5-under-par 65 in the wind and occasional rain yesterday afternoon for a one-shot lead in the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Maruyama, who failed to keep his Tour card last year for the first time this decade, showed signs of improving in Japan late last year and kept it up on a challenging afternoon at Waialae.

He dropped only one shot, and took the outright lead with a 5-foot birdie on the par-3 17th.

That knocked Geoff Ogilvy off the top of the leaderboard for the first time this year. The Sony Open is only the second tournament, but Ogilvy is coming off a wire-to-wire victory last week, and opened with a 66.

Boo Weekley, Brian Gay, and PGA Tour rookie Webb Simpson also were at 66.

The first full-field event of the 2009 season was filled with all kinds of weather - hot blasts of sunshine would be interrupted by pounding rain that would last 10 minutes, and then the skies would clear.

Today's forecast was for gusts up to 50 miles per hour, and the Honolulu public schools already have been closed.

European: Johan Edfors and Mikael Lundberg shared the lead at 6-under 66 after play was suspended first by a hailstorm then by darkness during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

British Open and PGA Championship winner Padraig Harrington started his new season with a 71.

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