Sunday, January 13, 2013
HONOLULU (AP) -- Russell Henley became the first PGA Tour rookie to win his debut in 10 years with a record-setting performance Sunday in the Sony Open.
Tied for the lead with fellow rookie Scott Langley to start the final round, Henley seized control from the start with a birdie on the first hole. And then he really poured it on at the end of the round. Henley birdied his last five holes to close with a 7-under 63 for a three-shot win over Tim Clark.
Henley finished at 24-under 256, breaking by four shots the Sony Open scoring record. It was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA Tour history, two shots behind Tommy Armour III at the Texas Open in 2003.
The win gives Henley an invitation to the Masters.
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