Rookie leads in debut as PGA Tour member

Jan. 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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HONOLULU, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Scott Langley, playing his first round as a member of the PGA Tour, shot an 8-under 62 Thursday to lead after the opening 18 holes of the Sony Open.

Langley reached for the tour by finishing 17th in the qualifying tournament late last year and he made a shocking debut with a bogey-free round at the Waialae Country Club.

His day was highlighted by a 56-foot eagle putt at the par-5 ninth hole and he finished his round off with a six-foot birdie effort at the 18th as the sun was setting.

He owned a one-shot lead over fellow-rookie Russell Henley, with whom he was paired for the first round. Henley earned his exempt status this year by finishing third on the money list of the Tour in 2012.

Tied for third at 64 were Tim Clark and Scott Piercy, who finished 13th last week at the season-opening Tournament of Champions.

At 65 and in a tie for fifth at the first full-field event of the year were Jeff Overton and Stephen Ames.

Current U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar were part of the large group at 66 while those at 67 included Vijay Singh.

Last week's winner Dustin Johnson had five birdies Thursday, but he settled for an even-par 70. So did John Daly, who wore a pair of pants designed to resemble the American flag.

Langley, 23, turned pro in 2011 after playing his college golf at the University of Illinois. He qualified for last year's U.S. Open, where he finished tied for 29th.

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