Stuart Appleby finished with three straight birdies to tie Shigeki Maruyama for the lead yesterday at the
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-par 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.
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
European Tour — Defending champion Charl Schwartzel shared the Joburg Open lead at Johannesburg with Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy after yesterday’s third round. Schwartzel and Mulroy each shot 2-under 69, and Aiken had a 68 to finish the day at 15-under 198.