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Rookies stay in control

Russell Henley lines up a putt on his way to the Sony Open Round 2 lead after 7-under 63.

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Russell Henley lines up a putt on his way to the Sony Open Round 2 lead after 7-under 63.

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 straight round of 7-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley and Scott Piercy in the Sony Open.

Henley was at 14-under 126, breaking the 36-hole tournament scoring record by two shots.

"It's pretty surreal," Henley said.

In the first full-field event of the season, the rookies were leading the way. All they did on another windy, warm day along the shores of Oahu was trade places atop the leaderboard. Langley opened with 62 and followed that with 66. That typically would be enough to stay in the lead.

Piercy looked as though he had a chance to catch Henley in the afternoon, but he spent most of his time grinding over pars. A birdie on the par-5 ninth, his last hole, gave him another 64.

That means Henley and Langley will be paired together for the third straight day, this time in the last group going into the weekend.

Matt Kuchar made eagle on 18 to finish off a 63. He was three shots behind.

Missing the cut were St. Petersburg native and Gulf High graduate Darron Stiles (74) at 142 and Tampa resident Ryuji Imada (69) at 141.

Dustin Johnson withdrew after nine holes with the flu.

EUROPEAN: Louis Oosthuizen made a long birdie at the final green for 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at 12-under 132 after the second round of the Volvo Champions in Durban, South Africa. Scott Jamieson (64) and first-rounder leader Thongchai Jaidee (68) were second. Ernie Els (72) was at 4 under.

MASTERS: Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand have accepted invitations reserved for international players for April's tournament. This is the fifth straight year Ishikawa, 21, plays the Masters. This is his third special exemption. Thaworn, 46, is No. 68 in the world and won the Asian Tour money title last year. He also holds the Asian Tour record for most career victories, 15.

RYDER CUP: Darren Clarke said he might pull out of the race to become Europe's 2014 captain because of the impact it would have on his career in the next two years. Clarke, of Northern Ireland, and Ireland's Paul McGinley are the main candidates to replace Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal. The European Tour's tournament committee is expected to vote Tuesday. Clarke said that after seeing improvement in his game toward the end of last year, he's not sure he wants to take on such a time-consuming commitment.

Rookies stay in control 01/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 11:53pm]
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