Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Henley Overtakes Langley; Rookies Battle It out at Sony, Just as They Did at the 2010 U.S. Open

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Henley Overtakes Langley; Rookies Battle It out at Sony, Just as They Did at the 2010 U.S. Open

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HONOLULU Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was on his way to breaking a record.

Henley putted for birdie on every hole on his way to a second straight round of a 7-under 63, as he took a two-shot lead over St. Louisan Scott Langley and Scott Piercy in the Sony Open Friday.

Henley was 14-under 126, which broke the 36-hole scoring record at this event by two shots.

Its pretty surreal, Henley said.

In the first full-field event of the season, the rookies were leading the way. All they did on another windy, warm day along the shores of Oahu was trade places atop the leaderboard. Langley, a Parkway South High product, opened with a 62 and followed that with a 66. That typically would be enough to stay in the lead.

Langley said he tried to stay aggressive, and then he felt he had no choice. He birdied his last three holes to reach 128 and 12- under.

Langley and Henley first were linked when they shared low amateur honors at Pebble Beach in the 2010 U.S. Open, tying for 16th.

Its never easy to back up a really good round, I kind of got off to a little slower start, Langley said. But it was certainly nice to finish the way I did and kind of get back in it with Russ. He played so well, and I was just trying to keep pace as much as I can. To finish that way was really good.

The previous 36-hole record at the Sony Open was 128 by five players, most recently John Cook in 2002.

Among the late starters was Piercy, who opened with a 64 and came right back with another in the second round, pulling alongside Langley at 12-under.

Matt Kuchar fired a second-round 63, after an opening 66, and he settled in at 11-under, three shots off the pace.

Chris Kirk made a pair of tap-in eagles a 5-iron into the wind to 3 feet on the ninth, a 7-iron with the wind to 2 feet on the 18th for a 62 that put him at 10-under 130 along with Tim Clark, and Charles Howell III. …

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