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January 14, 2013

Henley gets PGA Tour career off to record start

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HONOLULU —

Not bad for his PGA Tour debut.

Then again, the Georgia kid has been on a roll. In his past five tournaments dating to end of September — four of those on the Web.com Tour — Henley is 73-under par. His scoring average in those five events is 67.15.

Henley seized control immediately with an approach that barely cleared the bunker and settled 3 feet away for birdie. For Langley, it was a struggle from the start. He went over the green and into the rough with a lie that looked as if it might jump on him.

Instead, he decelerated and moved it only about 10 feet, chipped to 5 feet and watched the bogey putt swirl into the cup. At least that one went in.

Despite falling two behind after one hole, Langley had ample opportunity to make up ground, except that his stroke was quick and he missed short birdie chances.

When they made the turn, Henley had a two-shot lead.

Clark got in the game by running off three straight birdies around the turn to get within two shots.

No one else came particularly close. Howell, twice a runner-up at the Sony Open, made a 15-foot eagle putt on the ninth to get within one shot, but only as long as it took Henley to two-putt for birdie on the ninth and smash a drive on the 10th that set up a pitch-and-putt birdie.

Pat Perez and Matt Kuchar also put themselves in good position in case Henley was to fold. That never materialized, and never looked as if it even would — not with that putting stroke. Henley had 33 one-putt greens for the tournament, seven of them over the final nine holes.

"I can't imagine what people at home watching this tournament saw," Clark said. "That's kind of what we were feeling out there."

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