Russell Henley of Macon Wins in PGA Tour Debut; Shoots Record-Low Score for Rookies

7:55 AM, Jan 14, 2013   |    comments
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  • Russell Henley poses with the Sony Open trophy after winning at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
  • Russell Henley celebrates after winning the Sony Open with a final round 63 to end the tournament 24 under par. Photo: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
    


Honolulu (Sports Network) - So much for rookie nerves. PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley, a Macon native, birdied the final five holes en route to a 7-under 63 Sunday and a 3-stroke win at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Henley, who was making his third career PGA Tour start, smashed the tournament scoring record with his total of 24-under-par 256. After setting the 36- and 54-hole scoring marks, Henley broke the 72-hole mark by four strokes at Waialae Country Club.

His total of 256 was the lowest in PGA Tour history by a rookie and matched the third-lowest score in PGA Tour history.

Tim Clark birdied the final four holes, and seven of the last 11 overall, to match Henley's 63. Clark ended alone in second at minus-21.

Scott Langley, who shared the third-round lead with Henley, managed an even- par 70 in the final round. He shared third place at 17-under-par 263 with Charles Howell III (66).

Matt Kuchar (65) tied for fifth place at minus-16 with Chris Kirk (66) and Brian Stuard (65).

Henley was a standout when he played for Stratford Academy and the University of Georgia. 

 

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