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Henley sets new records with Sony Open win

Jan 16th, 2013
staff writer

On Sunday, rookie Russell Henley won the first ever PGA Pro Tour event he entered at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club. In the process, he notched the second-best score in a PGA tournament in the sport’s history and beat the Sony Open record by four shots, according to

"I'm pretty speechless," Henley told the PGA. "I just kept telling myself, `This is a long year, you're going to play this game a long time, and be patient, it doesn't have to happen now.' Everything I could to psyche myself out of thinking about winning. It worked."

After the combined effects of two wins on the tour and the win on Sunday, Henley will crack the top 50 in the world golf ranking.

Runner up Tim Clark birdied seven of the last 11 holes in the tournament, but still was unable to close the three-shot gap between himself and Henley. The later would finish at 24-under for a final score of 256 — enough to earn him a spot at the Masters in Augusta later this year.