RUSSELL Henley broke a record just two days into his PGA Tour career on his way to a two-shot lead at the midway point of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Henley registered his second consecutive seven-under -par round to lead fellow rookie Scott Langley and break the event’s 36-hole scoring record by two shots.
The 23-year-old putted for birdies on every hole and didn’t drop a shot for the second consecutive round on what was another windy day at the Waialae Country Club. “It’s pretty surreal,” Henley said afterwards.
Langley fought back with three consecutive birdies late in his round then, after a dropped shot stopped his momentum, the 23-year-old finished with a birdie four.
“It’s 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.”
Scott Piercy is with Langley on 12-under thanks to an eagle on the last which ensured a second straight 64.
Piercy is aiming for his third PGA Tour victory and admits he has little knowledge of the duo at the top who are chasing their first.
“It’s Russell something and Langley? I think Russell won when he was in college, right?” Piercy said. “Hey, they’re playing well. I think I played in five final groups as a rookie and didn’t come through. There’s a learning curve. But maybe their curve is quicker than mine.”