Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Golf

Russell Henley, with a smashing debut, wins rookie debut on PGA Tour at Sony Open

  • 7f72583bb09f8801260f6a70670090da.jpg

    Russell Henley drives off the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (The Associated Press)

  • d0f29eaa96c48701260f6a706700416c.jpg

    Russell Henley drives off the fourth tee during the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (The Associated Press)

  • 4a1f78cf92a17401260f6a706700718f.jpg

    Tim Clark, of South Africa, reacts after missing a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Honolulu. Henley and Langley are tied for first place at 17 under going into the final round Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (The Associated Press)

  • fc6ccca6b0a08801260f6a7067005583.jpg

    Tim Clark, of South Africa, putts on the first green during the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (The Associated Press)

  • 19be7498b0a08801260f6a706700b82f.jpg

    Scott Langley follows his shot off the first fairway during the final round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (The Associated Press)

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, one shot behind Tommy Armour III at the Texas Open in 2003.

The win gives Henley an invitation to the Masters.