Subject to immediate change without notice, Nathan Green leads the Sony Open by a single stroke over yesterday's leader Shigeki Maruyama. Green was at -7 on the 17th hole as of this posting and Maruyama -6. In the clubhouse were Steve Marino, 67, -5, and David Toms, a previous winner, at -4 today, -4 overall. Due to the time delay in Hawaii many players have yet to begin their rounds, so expect a lot of movement on the leader board. Geoff Ogilvy, -4, and Boo Weekly, -4, were among those.
Although it's way too early to predict who will win this thing, it's not hard to say who won't. Among those with disastrous 2009 starts to their campaigns were Will MacKenzie, +4, Ryder Captain Corey Pavin, +5, Carl Pettersson, +5, Rich Beem, +6, J.B. Holmes, +8, and Notah Begay III, also +8. If this were a horse race the leaders would just be exiting turn two, with the trailers off your TV screen. You always know you're in trouble with the horse you bet on when you can't find the glue bag in the TV shot.