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Stricker one shot back of lead

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Associated Press
January 15, 2010
— The first full-field event of the PGA Tour season produced quite a log jam, with Robert Allenby and John Merrick the latest to join the six-way tie for the lead Thursday at the Sony Open.

Allenby was among the many surprises, having twisted his ankle so badly on Monday that he would have withdrawn had he not traveled so many miles to get to Oahu. For Davis Love III, it was his first time competing in two months.


And perhaps the most stunning name in the lead was Troy Merritt, who had never played a PGA Tour event in his life until he calmed his nerves, stuck a tee in the ground and shot a 5-under 65.


They were joined by defending champion Zach Johnson and Ryan Palmer, while 10 other players were one shot behind.


Edgerton native Steve Stricker overcame bogeys on two of the first four holes to shoot a 4-under 66, one shot back of the lead group. Stricker birdied the final four holes of his round.



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