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Henley leads by two after setting Sony Open mark

January 12, 2013
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was in the record book.

Henley putted for birdie on every hole Friday on his way to a second consecutive round of 7-under-par 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley and Scott Piercy in the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club.

Henley's 14-under total of 126 broke the tournament's 36-hole record by two shots. Five players had shared the previous mark, most recently John Cook in 2002.

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RUSSELL HENLEY, leads by 2

"It's pretty surreal," Henley said.

In the first full-field event of the season, the rookies were leading the way. All they did on another windy, warm day was trade places atop the leaderboard.

Langley opened with a 62 and followed that with a 66, closing with three straight birdies.

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Friday's Second Round

At Waialae Country Club, Honolulu

Russell Henley63-63—126-14
Scott Langley62-66—128-12
Scott Piercy64-64—128-12
Matt Kuchar66-63—129-11
Chris Kirk68-62—130-10
C. Clark64-66—130-10
C. Howell III66-64—130-10
Pat Perez68-63—131-9
S. Ames65-67—132-8
Danny Lee66-66—132-8
S. Gardiner68-64—132-8
Tim Herron66-66—132-8
Jeff Overton65-68—133-7
John Rollins68-66—134-6
Vijay Singh67-67—134-6
John Huh71-63—134-6
A. Presnell68-66—134-6
H. Norlander70-64—134-6
Matt Jones66-68—134-6
R. Sabbatini69-65—134-6
Brian Stuard66-68—134-6
Bart Bryant68-67—135-5
W. Simpson66-69—135-5
T. Gainey66-69—135-5
David Mathis69-66—135-5
Dicky Pride68-67—135-5
Erik Compton67-68—135-5
H. Tanihara70-65—135-5
Lee Williams69-66—135-5
Ricky Barnes70-65—135-5
John Senden69-66—135-5
Ryan Palmer67-68—135-5
M. Leishman67-68—135-5
Shawn Stefani68-67—135-5
Charlie Wi67-69—136-4
Steve Marino69-67—136-4
Russ Cochran68-68—136-4
D.H. Lee68-68—136-4
P. Tomasulo68-68—136-4
Shane Bertsch69-67—136-4
Billy Horschel66-70—136-4
M. Hoffmann66-70—136-4
S. Bowditch67-69—136-4
C. Campbell69-68—137-3
N. Thompson69-68—137-3
D. LaBelle II71-66—137-3
James Hahn70-67—137-3
David Hearn67-70—137-3
Dean Wilson69-68—137-3
B. de Jonge69-68—137-3
C. Pettersson68-69—137-3
K. Bradley68-69—137-3
Brad Fritsch67-70—137-3
D. Lingmerth69-68—137-3
M. Anderson73-64—137-3
Justin Hicks69-68—137-3
Ben Kohles67-70—137-3
Brian Gay70-68—138-2
Josh Teater70-68—138-2
Jason Kokrak69-69—138-2
Jimmy Walker69-69—138-2
S-M Bae72-66—138-2
G. McNeill70-68—138-2
Kyle Stanley73-65—138-2
John Daly70-68—138-2
Fabian Gomez69-69—138-2
K. Streelman71-67—138-2
Harris English69-69—138-2
J. Leonard70-68—138-2
Y.E. Yang70-68—138-2
Jeff Maggert71-67—138-2
Derek Ernst71-67—138-2
C. Percy71-67—138-2
Robert Streb67-71—138-2

"It's never easy to back up a really good round, I kind of got off to a little slower start," Langley said. "But it was certainly nice to finish the way I did and kind of get back in it with Russ. He played so well, and I was just trying to keep pace as much as I can. To finish that way was really good."

A birdie on the par-5 ninth, Piercy's last hole, gave him another 64.

Henley and Langley - who shared low amateur honors in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach - will be paired together for the third straight day, as the last group today.

Matt Kuchar made eagle on the 18th hole to finish off a 63. He was three shots behind.

Dustin Johnson, who won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Tuesday at the Kapalua Plantation Course, withdrew from the Sony on Friday, after playing nine holes, because of the flu.

"I feel like I'm coming down with whatever my caddie's got," said Johnson, who was 3 over at the turn. "Just not feeling well. Stomach hurts, headache, tired."



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