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Grading the Sony Open

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer
Russell Henley won the Sony Open. (GettyImages)

Russell Henley backed up his 67 Saturday with a 63 on Sunday to earn the first PGA Tour win of his career at 24 under. The rookie is also $1,008,000 richer than he was. Here are our grades for the rest of this year's Sony Open.

Russell HenleyMy goodness, youngster. People were wondering about his ability to finish what had been a fantastic week of golf. But finish he did, in spectacular fashion. Henley dropped a 29 on the back nine in Honolulu to ward off Tim Clark, Charles Howell III and Co. A 29! In his first PGA Tour event as a member!
Fist pumps

It's not Tiger-in-his-prime good (what is?) but a pretty resounding pump from the Georgia alum here ...

Georgia Bulldogs

UGA is the hottest golf school on tour right now. Its notable golfers are: Henley, Chris Kirk, Bubba Watson, Erik Compton, Brian Harman, Ryuji Imada, Harris English, and Kevin Kisner. One superstar, three rising stars, and a handful of solid guys.

Rookies

Three of five is the key here.

Henley has now won three of his last five events (Web.com and PGA Tour combined). And three players in the top five at the Sony Open were PGA Tour rookies. Impressive. Also, Scott Langley's semi-long birdie putt might have been the most clutch of the day.

ComebacksIt didn't end the way he wanted it to, but Tim Clark announced to the golf world that he's officially back and ready to roll after a 21-under 259 that would have won every other Sony Open ever except this one.
Charles Howell III in Hawaii

He probably wishes the USGA or PGA Tour would plan a major in Hawaii at some point.

Here are Howell's last 11 finishes at tournaments in Hawaii: T3, T2, T68, T5, 4, T8, T69, T2, T27, 16, T15.

I think that's good.

RecordsThere were three 63s on Sunday -- , Russell Henley, Tim Clark and Y.E. Yang. But that's not the record I'm talking about. Henley's 256 blew away the 72-hole record at the Sony Open (previously 20-under 260 by Brad Faxon) and set the all-time rookie scoring record by posting with his 24 under for the tournament. You had a nice run, records, but today was not your day.
Lying

"It's the most nervous I've ever been, hardest thing I've ever done." -Russell Henley

Come on, Russ, you made it look easy.

DramaThe Sony Open was pretty much the opposite of the NFL playoffs this weekend. Henley never let it dance in the drama zone even though Clark and Howell pushed him to the very end. Good for Henley, bad for a tournament fighting for eyeballs against the Golden Globes and football.

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