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Brent Kelley

Henley Begins PGA Tour Career in Spectacular Fashion

By January 14, 2013

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Russell Henley is a rookie on the 2013 PGA Tour. On Sunday, he finished the first tournament of his rookie season. And he won.

Henley didn't just win the Sony Open in Hawaii, he did so in record-setting fashion, shattering the tournament's 72-hole scoring record.

Henley finished the 2013 Sony Open at 24-under 256, four strokes better than the tournament's previous scoring record (which John Huston and Brad Faxon shared at 260).

That's not the only tournament record Henley set at the Sony:
  • Set record for low score after first two rounds
  • Tied record for low score after three rounds
  • 63 in fourth round is lowest final round ever by a Sony winner
And in addition to all that, he finished with five consecutive birdies - and the victory gets him into the 2013 Masters.

Not bad for a rookie making his first start of the season!

So who is Russell Henley? He's a 23-year-old who won seven NCAA tournaments while playing for the University of Georgia. While still an amateur, Henley won the Web.com Tour's 2011 Stadion Classic (played on the UGA Golf Course). He turned pro later that year.

Last year, 2012, was his rookie season on the Web.com Tour, and he added two more victories. Henley earned his PGA Tour card by finishing third on the Web.com money list.

Henley's Sony score was close to being truly historic - he finished only two strokes shy of tying the PGA Tour's all-time 72-hole scoring record.

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