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Henley’s big finish gives him 3-shot lead at Sony Open

Russell Henley hits from the 10th fairway during the second round of the Sony Open on Friday at Waialae Country Club. AP photos

The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Russell Henley set the target Friday in the Sony Open by making a 30-foot eagle putt to cap off a big finish, and nobody could catch him.

Nine years after Henley began his rookie season on the PGA Tour by winning the Sony Open, he played his final six holes in 6 under and posted a 7-under 63 for a three-shot lead over Haotong Li. Only two other players were within five shots of the lead.

So much of the morning was up for grabs after 18-hole leader Kevin Na began to fade, with as many as five players having at least a share of the lead.

Henley holed a greenside bunker shot for eagle on the par-5 18th hole, only to miss the green long and into a back bunker for bogey on the tough first hole. And then he couldn’t miss. He birdied both par 3s on the front nine from inside 10 feet, made a pair of 12-foot birdie putts and finished with his eagle.

Haotong Li tees off on the 11th hole during the second round of the Sony Open on Friday.

“Nice to finish like that,” Henley said. “I don’t remember the last time I had two eagles in the same round, but it’s definitely exciting.”

That put him at 15-under 125 in another week of low scoring with very little wind at Waialae. And it was a daunting mark for those trying to stay in range.

“The last time I looked before I started it was at 11 (under), so I was like, ‘That’s doable,’ “ Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama said through an interpreter. “But then halfway through I realized it was 15. Yeah, that’s tough row to hoe when you’re that far back.”

Matsuyama had a 65 and was in the large group at 9-under 131 that included Keita Nakajima, the No. 1 amateur in the world who had a 64, and Brandt Snedeker (65).

“It’s hard not to press,” said Snedeker, who was 11 shots behind when he teed off. “But you realize it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Na opened with a 61 and was 10 shots worse the next day. He didn’t make a birdie until his ninth hole and kept burning the edges on putts. On Thursday, some of those putts he narrowly missed were for birdie in his bid for a sub-60 round. On Friday, they were for par, and it sent him from a one-shot lead after the opening round to seven shots behind Henley.

Jim Furyk also had a 10-shot differential. He opened with a 62 and didn’t make a birdie until his final hole Friday for a 72.

The cut was at 5-under 135, tying the Sony Open record set in 1998. Among those who missed the cut was Baldwin High School graduate Garrett Okamura, who shot a 4-over 74 on Friday to finish at 2-over 142.

“I was hitting the ball really good. I hit some really good shots, good spots on the green. I just couldn’t figure out the speed,” Okamura said. “I got a lot of uphill putts and I wasn’t hitting it hard enough. A lot of two-putts out there. I thought they were a little more softer. I was thinking it was a little firmer, a little faster, and it got softer.”

Okamura and wife Shayna Miyajima, a former professional golfer from Maui, recently welcomed their first child, son Ren, who was born in December.

“The experience being here. Everybody looks forward to this tournament every year,” Okamura added. “Everyone wants to get into this tournament and just playing with the best golfers out here, it just makes your game better.”

* The Maui News contributed to this story

PGA Tour Sony Open

Friday’s Second Round

At Honolulu

Russell Henley 62-63–125 -15

Haotong Li 63-65–128 -12

Matt Kuchar 64-65–129 -11

M. Thompson 63-67–130 -10

Chris Kirk 66-65–131 -9

Seamus Power 63-68–131 -9

Stewart Cink 68-63–131 -9

Corey Conners 64-67–131 -9

Adam Svensson 64-67–131 -9

Keita Nakajima 67-64–131 -9

Davis Riley 65-66–131 -9

Dylan Wu 65-66–131 -9

Brandt Snedeker 66-65–131 -9

Patton Kizzire 63-68–131 -9

Hideki Matsuyama 66-65–131 -9

Cam Davis 66-66–132 -8

Charles Howell III 69-63–132 -8

Jason Kokrak 64-68–132 -8

Kevin Na 61-71–132 -8

Maverick McNealy 65-67–132 -8

Billy Horschel 65-67–132 -8

Wesley Bryan 67-65–132 -8

Kevin Kisner 68-64–132 -8

Ryan Palmer 64-68–132 -8

Kyle Stanley 66-67–133 -7

Lucas Glover 67-66–133 -7

Luke Donald 68-65–133 -7

Kevin Tway 66-67–133 -7

Talor Gooch 67-66–133 -7

Greyson Sigg 67-66–133 -7

Hayden Buckley 67-66–133 -7

Vince Whaley 66-67–133 -7

Sepp Straka 66-67–133 -7

Brendon Todd 67-66–133 -7

Harris English 66-67–133 -7

J.T. Poston 64-69–133 -7

Ryan Armour 71-63–134 -6

C. Bezuidenhout 65-69–134 -6

Justin Lower 67-67–134 -6

Joseph Bramlett 68-66–134 -6

Russell Knox 67-67–134 -6

Keegan Bradley 69-65–134 -6

Si Woo Kim 68-66–134 -6

Jim Furyk 62-72–134 -6

Erik van Rooyen 66-68–134 -6

Sahith Theegala 65-69–134 -6

Paul Barjon 66-68–134 -6

Satoshi Kodaira 71-64–135 -5

Jimmy Walker 69-66–135 -5

Marc Leishman 67-68–135 -5

Jim Knous 68-67–135 -5

Henrik Norlander 68-67–135 -5

Brett Drewitt 68-67–135 -5

Ben Kohles 68-67–135 -5

Denny McCarthy 71-64–135 -5

Sam Ryder 68-67–135 -5

Brian Harman 67-68–135 -5

Kramer Hickok 66-69–135 -5

Andrew Putnam 68-67–135 -5

Vaughn Taylor 65-70–135 -5

Hudson Swafford 68-67–135 -5

Kevin Chappell 63-72–135 -5

Keith Mitchell 67-68–135 -5

K.H. Lee 69-66–135 -5

Webb Simpson 67-68–135 -5

Missed cut

Scott Gutschewski 70-66–136 -4

Bill Haas 69-67–136 -4

Camilo Villegas 72-64–136 -4

Rory Sabbatini 69-67–136 -4

Graeme McDowell 70-66–136 -4

Zach Johnson 72-64–136 -4

Sung Kang 69-67–136 -4

Chase Seiffert 70-66–136 -4

Andrew Novak 72-64–136 -4

Hank Lebioda 70-66–136 -4

Callum Tarren 68-68–136 -4

Andy Ogletree 65-71–136 -4

Nick Hardy 70-66–136 -4

Chesson Hadley 69-68–137 -3

Joel Dahmen 69-68–137 -3

Emiliano Grillo 69-68–137 -3

Cameron Percy 67-70–137 -3

Brian Stuard 70-67–137 -3

Abraham Ancer 66-71–137 -3

Adam Long 70-67–137 -3

Bo Van Pelt 67-70–137 -3

Takumi Kanaya 66-71–137 -3

Chad Ramey 67-70–137 -3

Peter Jung 72-65–137 -3

J.J. Spaun 69-69–138 -2

Ryan Moore 70-68–138 -2

Sungjae Im 71-67–138 -2

Matt Jones 70-68–138 -2

Cameron Smith 67-71–138 -2

Tom Hoge 66-72–138 -2

Roger Sloan 71-67–138 -2

Brian Gay 69-69–138 -2

Aaron Rai 67-71–138 -2

David Lipsky 68-70–138 -2

Cameron Young 71-67–138 -2

Stephan Jaeger 66-72–138 -2

Alex Smalley 67-71–138 -2

Austin Cook 71-68–139 -1

Mark Hubbard 70-69–139 -1

Nate Lashley 70-69–139 -1

Robert Streb 67-72–139 -1

William McGirt 69-70–139 -1

Kurt Kitayama 69-70–139 -1

Chan Kim 70-69–139 -1

Brent Grant 70-69–139 -1

Harry Higgs 69-70–139 -1

Tyler Duncan 64-75–139 -1

Branden Grace 70-69–139 -1

A. Smotherman 70-69–139 -1

Trey Mullinax 67-72–139 -1

Brandon Wu 68-71–139 -1

Jared Wolfe 71-68–139 -1

Jerry Kelly 69-71–140 E

Rikuya Hoshino 70-70–140 E

Curtis Thompson 72-68–140 E

Brendan Steele 69-71–140 E

Adam Schenk 70-70–140 E

D. van der Walt 70-70–140 E

Peter Malnati 73-68–141 +1

John Huh 71-70–141 +1

Bo Hoag 71-70–141 +1

Seth Reeves 68-73–141 +1

Parker McLachlin 71-70–141 +1

Jim Herman 73-68–141 +1

Richy Werenski 68-73–141 +1

Taylor Pendrith 71-70–141 +1

Beau Hossler 67-75–142 +2

David Skinns 72-70–142 +2

Lee Hodges 69-73–142 +2

Garrett Okamura 68-74–142 +2

Martin Trainer 68-74–142 +2

Kelly Kraft 69-73–142 +2

Kevin Carll 70-72–142 +2

Max McGreevy 74-69–143 +3

Michael Gligic 72-71–143 +3

Koichiro Ishika 72-71–143 +3

BJ Doucett 71-75–146 +6

Jared Sawada 73-75–148 +8

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