Hensley takes 36-hole lead in Hawaii

Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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HONOLULU, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Russell Hensley moved past fellow rookie Scott Langley with a round of 63 Friday and took a two-shot lead midway through the Sony Open.

The two newcomers to the PGA Tour have dominated the opening two rounds of the first full-field event of the season and for the third straight day will be paired together when they tee off in the final group on Saturday.

Hensley did not make a bogey at the Waialae Country Club Friday and posted a 36-hole total of 14-under 126.

Langley, who led the event with a 62 Thursday in his first round as a tour member, added a 66 Friday and his 128 total left him in a second-place tie with Scott Piercy.

Hensley reached the tour this year by finishing among the leading money winners on the Web.com Tour last season. Langley earned his rookie status with a 17th place finish in the qualifying tournament.

Matt Kuchar was alone in fourth at 129 following a 63. He rolled in a 16-foot eagle putt at the final hole to reach that total.

Tied for fifth at 130 were Chris Kirk, Tim Clark and Charles Howell III. Kirk shot a 62 Friday to equal Langley's opening-day score as the best of the tournament.

Vijay Singh was among those at 134 and current U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson was part of the group at 135.

Dustin Johnson, who began the golf season with a victory last week at the weather-marred Tournament of Champions on the island of Maui, withdrew midway through the second round with flu-like symptoms.

Johnson shot a 70 on Thursday and was 3-over for the day Friday when he withdrew.

Among those making the cut was John Daly, who finished at 138 following a 68.

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