HONOLULU — Two days into his PGA Tour career, Russell Henley was on his way to breaking a record.
Henley putted for birdie on every hole on his way to a second straight round of a 7-under 63, giving him a two-shot lead over fellow rookie Scott Langley among early starters Friday in the Sony Open. He was 14-under 126, which would break the 36-hole scoring record at this event by two shots.
In the first full-field event of the season, the rookies were leading the way. All they did on another windy, warm day along the shores of Oahu was trade leaderboard places.
Langley opened with a 62 and followed that with a 66. That typically would be enough to stay in the lead.
Langley said he tried to stay aggressive, and then he felt he had no choice. He birdied his last three holes to reach 128.
Unless anyone could catch them in the afternoon, they would play together a third straight time, in the last group going into the weekend.
The previous 36-hole record at the Sony Open was 128 by five players, most recently John Cook in 2002.
Scott Piercy, who opened with a 64 and already was at 10 under for the tournament as he headed to his back nine.
Oosthuizen takes 1-shot lead, excavator in Durban; In Durban, South Africa, Louis Oosthuizen made a long birdie putt at the final green to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Volvo Champions — and swapped a car for an excavator to use on his South African farm.
Oosthuizen had an 8-under 64 Friday on a rain-softened Durban Country Club course for a 12-under 132 total, one shot ahead of Scotland’s Scott Jamieson (64) and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (68).
Clarke may pull out of race for Europe’s captain: In Durban, South Africa, Darren Clarke says he may pull out of the race to become Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2014 because of the impact it would have on his career in the next two years.
Clarke and Ireland’s Paul McGinley are the two main candidates to replace Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal.
with the European Tour’s tournament committee expected to vote in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
However, Clarke said that after seeing an improvement in his own game toward the end of the 2012 season he’s not sure he wants to take on such a time-consuming commitment.