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Rookie Russell Henley sizzles at Sony Open | Golf
Russell Henley, two days into his PGA Tour career, has a two-stroke lead and a scoring record at the Sony Open in Honolulu.
HONOLULU — Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was in the record book.
Henley putted for birdie on every hole Friday on his way to a second consecutive round of 7-under-par 63, giving him a two-shot lead in the Sony Open.
Henley was at 14-under 126, surpassing the 36-hole tournament scoring record by two strokes. The previous record was held by five players, with John Cook (2002) having the most recent 128 Sony score.
"It's pretty surreal," Henley, 23, said of his start.
Fellow rookie Scott Langley (66) and Scott Piercy (64) were tied for second place and Matt Kuchar (63) was fourth at 11 under after an eagle on the 18th hole in the first full-field event of the Tour season.
The low scores — six players had a 63 or better in the second round — weren't surprising. Oahu hasn't received much rain over the last several months and, in tropical sunshine, the fairways were running fast and the greens were pure. And for those coming over from a windy several days on Maui, it felt like paradise.
"Coming from last week, it feels really easy out there," Kuchar said. "This course, as simple as it seems, it's one of the tougher courses on Tour. If you're not playing well, you're going to make some bogeys. ... I understand the wind is supposed to really die down over the weekend, so I certainly expect low scoring. The course is in great shape, greens are beautiful, so there's going to be a lot more birdies and the foot has definitely got to be down on the pedal."
Dustin Johnson won't get a chance to match Ernie Els as the only players to sweep the two Hawaii tournaments. Johnson, who won the Tournament of Champions on Tuesday at Kapalua, withdrew after nine holes Friday because of the flu.
"I feel like I'm coming down with whatever my caddie's got," said Johnson, who was 3 over at the turn. "Just not feeling well. Stomach hurts, headache, tired."
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee withdrew because of illness after playing four holes in the second round.
Kyle Stanley (65) of Gig Harbor was tied for 58th place at 2 under.
Players with scores of 139 and worse missed the cut, a group that included Ryan Moore (70-69 — 139) of Puyallup, Jeff Gove (70-72 — 142) of Seattle and Andres Gonzales (74-70 — 144) of Olympia.
• Louis Oosthuizen made a long birdie putt to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Volvo Champions, a European Tour event.
South African Oosthuizen, playing in his home country, had an 8-under 64 on a rain-softened Durban Country Club course for a 12-under 132 total, one shot ahead of Scotland's Scott Jamieson (64) and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (68).
Oosthuizen's team won a pro-am event that awarded a car to the winners. The farming enthusiast talked to organizers and swapped the car for an excavator, which happened to be the prize for anyone who made a hole-in-one at No. 15.