January 10 2013
Scott Langley made seemingly a mile of putts in shooting 62. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM
HONOLULU -- Scott Langley had a phenomenal first day of his PGA TOUR career, shooting 62 with 23 putts. There is a TOUR stat for total length of putts made, with only the final putt on each green counting toward the total. Langley made 198 feet, 2 inches of putts. Ninety feet is considered a good day. The rookie had a 56-footer for eagle at the ninth and a 30-footer for birdie at the 16th. Langley was 13 for 13 on putts measuring 10 feet or less. I'm guessing putting is one of his strengths.
Putter: Charles Howell III had bad luck with his putter in the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii, when it arrived on the islands with a bent shaft. Howell still finished second in the tournament but came to Oahu with a new putter this year, an Odyssey Versa. Howell experimented with the Versa last month at home and put it in the bag for the first tournament. The result: a 4 under 66 with 28 putts.
Wedges: Jeff Overton made an equipment change, switching from Cleveland to Adams Golf. He made the change to have more flexibility in his club choice. Overton is only required to carry an Adams utility wood as part of the contract and that allows him to carry a truly mixed bag. He has TaylorMade driver and 3-wood along with Cleveland irons. Overton wanted to play a Vokey wedge that he says is the key to his game. With the mixed assortment of clubs, Overton shot 5-under 65 getting up and down out of four greenside bunkers.
Holeout: If it wasn't for Langley, everyone would be talking about Tim Herron's putting. He took only eight strokes on the greens for the final nine holes. Herron had a holeout and just eight total putts on the back nine, shooting 30. He had 16 putts on the front nine, eight on the back for a total of 24 while shooting 66.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.