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Stuart Appleby enjoying Kapalua again
January 6, 2011

Kapalua specialist Stuart Appleby will try to turn back the clock five years when he tees off in Thursday’s first round of the elite Tournament of Champions.

The long-hitting Australian strung together three successive titles in the PGA Tour’s season-opening event at the Kapalua Resort from 2004 to 2006.

He is back at the picturesque venue this week for the first time since 2007 and is banking on his huge comfort level here to help him clinch a 10th victory on the U.S. circuit.

“There’s no reason why I can’t play well this week,” Appleby, 39, told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve just got to get into it, get playing.

“People asked me after I won my third title here, they go: ‘What is it about this place?’ and I go: ‘I don’t know. I’ve just been comfortable here’.

“If I can just get out there, hit the ball half decent and start getting some putts going … I really had a good relationship reading the greens here before so hopefully that can come back.”

Appleby booked his place in the winners-only field in record-equalling style at the Greenbrier Classic in August when he closed with a scintillating 11-under-par 59.

He became only the fifth player to shoot the magical number in a PGA Tour event as he spectacularly overhauled third-round leader Jeff Overton to triumph by one stroke.

“That victory didn’t come from nowhere but I was certainly struggling a bit,” Appleby recalled of his 2010 season. “My swing was good but I was struggling mentally.

“Persistence I think was the key. I guess it was stupidity thinking: ‘I will turn it around, I will turn it around.’ I had done a lot of hard work.

“I just got a bit of a sniff on the Sunday and things seemed to fall into place for me. Little did I think at the start of the week, being a little bit on my last legs, that it would turn into a victory.”

Appleby will tee off on Thursday in the company of American Jason Bohn, and is itching to recapture his previous golden form at Kapalua.

“It’s just great to be back,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of good mojo here and I just hope I can create something resembling my previous form, because then it will be a good week.”

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