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Russell Henley getting to know Kapalua, shoots 8-under 65 to take 1-shot lead over Bae

  • Bubba Watson reacts to his drive from the fourth tee during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

    Bubba Watson reacts to his drive from the fourth tee during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russell Henley waves to the gallery on the third green during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

    Russell Henley waves to the gallery on the third green during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, putts on the second green during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

    Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, putts on the second green during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)  (The Associated Press)

Russell Henley found Kapalua to be a lot more fun the second time around.

Henley ran off eight birdies on a gorgeous day with little wind for an 8-under 65 on Friday. That gave him a one-shot lead over Bae Sang-Moon in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Henley made his debut last year in the winners-only event that starts the year and never broke 70. The Plantation Course offered up far better scores without the typical wind off the west coast of Maui.

Bae opened with six birdies in eight holes. His year starts with some uncertainty over his travel status. South Korea is not extending his travel permit, and Bae might be facing his mandatory military service.