January 13 2013
Russell Henley carded his third 63 of the week on Sunday, and in the process set a tournament scoring record and rookie record for the lowest 72-hole total in PGA TOUR history on his way to winning the Sony Open in Hawaii in his first start as a member of the TOUR.
The 23-year-old finished at 24-under 256, closing out his final round with five straight birdies en route to a back-nine 29.
He finished three shots ahead of Tim Clark.
With the victory, Henley earns 500 FedExCup points and a PGA TOUR card for the next two years. He also earned a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship, the Masters and the PGA Championship.
Henley was dominant from start to finish at Waialae, where he played the par 4s in 17 under and at one point went 50 holes without a bogey.
The former University of Georgia standout, who won three times on the Web.com Tour, including once as an amateur, is the first rookie to win in his first start on TOUR since Garrett Willis in 2001.
This was hardly Henley's first time in the spotlight.
While at Georgia, he won the Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer in 2010. He also tied for low amateur honors in the U.S. Open that year.
The following year, he won the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA, becoming just the seond amateur to win on the Web.com Tour.
In 2012, Henley captured the Chiquita Classic before earning his PGA TOUR card for the 2013 season.