14 January 2013
Last Updated: 27 June 2013
Russell Henley became only the sixth ever rookie to win on his PGA Tour debut at the Sony Open and in doing so has booked his place at the 2013 Masters.
Tied for the lead with fellow rookie Scott Langley at the start the final round, Henley seized control with a birdie at the 1st. He then closed with five straight birdies for a seven-under-par 63 to win by three shots from Tim Clark, who birdied seven of his last 11 holes.
Henley's 24-under total is the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA Tour history, two shots behind Tommy Armour III in 2003 in the Texas Open.
Henley did however set tournament records for the lowest 36-hole score after his 63-63 start, now shares the 54-hole record and set another tournament record with the lowest final round by a champion.
The 23-year-old's win means he now has a spot at The Masters in April. “I don’t really know what happened, honestly,” Henley said.
“This is the most nervous I’ve ever been. That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s been my goal to make it to the Masters my whole life. I’m kind of speechless right now.”
The wins adds to his two victories and and third place finish on the money list of the 2012 Web.com Tour.
Here are the clubs that Henley used:
Driver: Nike VR_S (9.5°) with a Graphite Design AD GT 7X shaft
Fairway woods: Nike SQ Sumo (13°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board shaft
Hybrid: Nike VR Pro (18°) with a Mitsubishi Diamana Fubuki shaft
Irons: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6), VR Pro Combo (7-9) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (47°, 53°, 59°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner shafts
Putter: Nike Method 006 prototype
Ball: Nike 20XI X