January 14 2013
TOUR rookie Russell Henley was victorious in his first event as a PGA TOUR member, making five consecutive birdies to close out his win at the Sony Open in Hawaii. With this victory, Henley ...
- Earns 500 FedExCup points and moves into a first-place tie with last week’s champion Dustin Johnson.
- Picks up his first PGA TOUR victory at age 23 years, 9 months and 1 day in just his third official start. He had two as an amateur.
- Becomes the first rookie to win in his first start as an official member of the PGA TOUR since Garrett Willis at the 2001 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open. The last rookie to win a TOUR event was Charlie Beljan at the 2012 Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
- Also earns the winner’s share of $1,008,000 and becomes the ninth player to make this event his first PGA TOUR win. Others who won their first event here were Ted Makalena (1966), Grier Jones (1972), John Schlee (1973), Gary Groh (1975), Isao Aoki (1983), David Ishii (1990), John Morse (1995) and Jerry Kelly (2002).
- Broke the tournament scoring mark of 260 set by John Huston in 1998 and matched by Brad Faxon in 2001. Henley shot a 72-hole total of 256.
- Becomes the seventh former University of Georgia player to win a PGA TOUR event, joining Chip Beck, Bill Kratzert, Bubba Watson, Chris Kirk, Tim Simpson, and Ryuji Imada.
- Is the fifth consecutive winner of the Sony Open in Hawaii to post four straight rounds in the 60s.
- Becomes the first player to win the Sony Open in his first attempt since Bruce Lietzke (1977).
- Builds on his Web.com Tour momentum. In his last four starts on the tour, he finished P1-3rd-P1-T6 to lock up a spot on the PGA TOUR in 2013.