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Ogilvy keeps up the pace on another island

 Geoff Ogilvy reacts after chipping for birdie on the 11th green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at the Waialae Country Club, ...
 Amateur golfer Lorens Chan, 14, drives off the third tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at the Waialae Country Club, Thursda...
 Boo Weekley putts on the 11th green during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Golf tournament at the Wailae Country Club, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 i...

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Geoff Ogilvy reacts after chipping for birdie on the 11th green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at the Waialae Country Club, ...

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Amateur golfer Lorens Chan, 14, drives off the third tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at the Waialae Country Club, Thursda...

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Boo Weekley putts on the 11th green during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Golf tournament at the Wailae Country Club, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 i...

A different island and a vastly different golf course made hardly any difference to Geoff Ogilvy, who opened the Sony Open with a 4-under 66 in a strong wind to join a four-way tie for the lead among early starters on Thursday.
One week after his start-to-finish victory at spacious Kapalua, Ogilvy kept the ball in the tiny fairways of Waialae despite a steady 20 mph (30 kph) wind and made six birdies to share the lead with Boo Weekley, Brian Gay and U.S. PGA Tour rookie Webb Simpson.
"I just think everyone who played last week is at an advantage coming here, because they have all got a week of tournament golf under their belt, a week in the wind under their belt, same sort of grass," Ogilvy said.
That would explain Weekley and Gay, who also played last week in the winners-only Mercedes-Benz Championship.
But Simpson?
The rookie has not played since earning his card at Q-school last month, and weather at home in North Carolina hasn't been conducive to practice. Waialae proved to be a tough place to start, especially with wind so strong that palm trees swayed in the morning sunshine.
"I was pretty nervous," Simpson said. "I said a quick prayer before I teed off, and I was fine."
Simpson took advantage of the wind on his final three holes, starting with a tee shot to 8 feet on the seventh. He hit his approach to 3 feet on the downwind eighth, and easily reached the par-5 ninth.
Charles Howell III, who changed coaches after his worst season on the tour (69th on the money list), got some early dividends with only one bogey for a 67. The group at 68 included former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, Rory Sabbatini and Tim Herron.
The teenagers held their own.
Tadd Fujikawa, the 18-year-old making his third straight Sony Open appearance, began with a double bogey and settled down from there on his way to 71. Lorens Chan, the 14-year-old amateur qualifier, had a 72.
Both had the biggest gallery of the morning, including a group called "Chan's Clan" that was dressed in red shirts.


Updated : 2021-03-03 17:19 GMT+08:00