PGA Tour

Rookie Henley wins Sony Open

2013-01-14 06:46
Russell Henley (AFP)

Honolulu - PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley birdied his last five holes en route to a seven-under par 63 on Sunday and a three-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Henley, making his first start as a member of the PGA Tour, showed the nerve of a veteran as he shattered the tournament scoring record with his total of 24-under-par 256.

After setting both the 36- and 54-hole scoring marks for the event - the first full-field tournament of the 2013 season - Henley broke the 72-hole record by four strokes at Waialae Country Club.

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Henley, 23, also set a record for the lowest 72-hole total by a rookie in PGA Tour history in a win that earned him an invitation to the Masters, the first major of the year scheduled for April 11-14 at Augusta National.

He became the first rookie to win his first start as a tour member since Garrett Willis in 2001.

South Africa's Tim Clark birdied the final four holes, and seven of the last 11 overall, to match Henley's 63. That left him in sole possession of second place on 21-under 259.

Scott Langley, a fellow rookie who shared the overnight lead with Henley, carded an even-par 70 and finished tied for third on 17-under 263 with Charles Howell, who posted a 66.

Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the US PGA Tour $5.6 million Sony Open (USA unless noted, par-70):

256 - Russell Henley 63-63-67-63

259 - Tim Clark (RSA) 64-66-66-63

263 - Charles Howell 66-64-67-66, Scott Langley 62-66-65-70

264 - Matt Kuchar 66-63-70-65, Brian Stuard 66-68-65-65, Chris Kirk 68-62-68-66

265 - Jeff Overton 65-68-67-65

266 - Harris English 69-69-62-66, Marc Leishman (AUS) 67-68-64-67, Dicky Pride 68-67-64-67, Pat Perez 68-63-67-68

267 - Shane Bertsch 69-67-65-66, Danny Lee (NZL) 66-66-66-69

268 - Josh Teater 70-68-65-65, Justin Hicks 69-68-64-67, Scott Piercy 64-64-72-68, Scott Gardiner (AUS) 68-64-65-71, Matt Jones (AUS) 66-68-64-70

269 - Webb Simpson 66-69-68-66, John Rollins 68-66-70-65, Vijay Singh (FIJ) 67-67-68-67, Stephen Ames (CAN) 65-67-70-67, Ricky Barnes 70-65-66-68, YE Yang (KOR) 70-68-68-63

270 - Kevin Streelman 71-67-66-66, Charlie Wi (KOR) 67-69-69-65, Jimmy Walker 69-69-68-64, John Senden (AUS) 69-66-66-69, Tim Herron 66-66-68-70

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