Former Bulldog golfer Russell Henley currently holds a 2 shot lead on the field at the Sony Open, which has the youngster from Macon in the hunt for his first PGA Tour victory in his first event as a full time PGA Tour player. Henley spent 2012 on the Web.com Tour, finishing third on the season and earning tour card in the process. It's safe to say that the early returns are fairly promising.
Henley shot 63-63 on Thursday and Friday to break the 36 hole scoring record at the Sony, the kickoff event of the tour season. Not to jinx anything, but the last tour rookie to win his first start was Garrett Willis, who prevailed in the 2001 Tucson Open. Scott Piercy, the tour veteran who's chasing Henley put the rookie's weekend task in perspective, and perhaps took an opportunity to needle the kid, telling reporters on Friday regarding Henley and fellow rookie Scott Langley:
"It's Russell something and Langley? I think Russell won when he was in college, right? 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."
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