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Clarke Trails Appleby by One in Hawaii                                  

Stuart Appleby leads Darren Clarke by one shot in the Mercedes Championships at Kapalua, Hawaii. On a windy day that even fooled Tiger Woods, Appleby carded six birdies on the back nine for a 7under par 66 and a one stroke lead. 

Darren Clarke who carded a 67 started his 2004 campaign with a bogey 5 on the treacherous first hole but soon rectified matters by having birdies at 4, 5, 6 and 9. His back 9 was blemish free and contained 3 birdies. Clarke, who has recently stopped smoking said, "My first competitive round without having any nicotine in my body!".

Tiger Woods finished on 2 under after an adventurous round containing hazards, three putts and an eagle from 20 feet at the last.

Defending champion, Ernie Els, who last year secured a victory on 31 under, struggled to finish on 73.

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