Henley gets PGA Tour career off to record start

Henley gets PGA Tour career off to record start
January 13, 2013, 10:20 pm
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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)


HONOLULU (AP) 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.