Sab­ba­tini in the house — again

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Rory Sab­ba­tini played in the first Sony Open and he hasn’t seen a rea­son to stop.

“I’ve played ev­ery year since 1999,” Sab­ba­tini

said proudly af­ter shoot­ing a 1-un­der-par 69 Fri­day for a two-day to­tal of 8-un­der 132. “That’s 19 in a row.”

Of the tour­na­ments he has played, this is the only one he hasn’t missed.

“Even when I was in­jured I came and played,” he said.

He had to qual­ify for the 1999 ap­pear­ance in his rookie year on the PGA Tour and has made a point of re­turn­ing.

“I love the golf course here, the lo­ca­tion, ev­ery­thing,” Sab­ba­tini said. “It is one of the best if not the best course we play on. And it is al­ways fun to get out of the hol­i­day rut and come over here.”

The re­wards haven’t been bad ei­ther — he’s earned $1.5 mil­lion at Wa­ialae for his ef­forts.

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