Tour Tracker: Henley takes lead at Sony Open

Russell Henley shares the lead heading into the final round of the Sony Open in Honolulu.

Russell Henley shares the lead heading into the final round of the Sony Open in Honolulu.

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Only two days after some of the biggest names in golf grabbed headlines - Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson - it was the PGA Tour's freshest faces that dominated on Thursday at the Sony Open

And Friday, they did it again.

Russell Henley, a former standout at Georgia and now rookie on the PGA Tour, fired a second straight 7-under 63 at Waialae CC and took a two-shot lead over Scott Langley, a former All-American at Illinois, who followed an 8-under 62 with a 66 on Friday.

Langley is tied for second with Scott Piercy, who shot 64 Friday. Matt Kuchar used a 63 to vault into solo fourth at 11 under, and Chris Kirk, Tim Clark and Charles Howell III all sit at 10 under.

In the year's first full-field event, there were some big names who failed to make it to the weekend. Among those are Zach Johnson, defending champ Johnson Wagner, Bud Cauley, Jonas Blixt, K.J. Choi and Dustin Johnson, who withdrew due to flu-like symptoms.

See how it all unfolded:

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Update No. 30: 10:03 p.m. EST

Matt Kuchar just wrapped up his best round of 2013, carding a 7-under 63 to move to 11 under, three shots behind leader Russell Henley. Kuchar sank about a 12 footer for eagle at No. 18 to finish off the round. Also, Scott Piercy finished up a 64 to move into a tie with Scott Langley for second at 12 under.

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Update No. 29: 9:55 p.m. EST

Just as we were typing Johnson Wagner's name into the list of players in danger of missing the cut, Wagner closes with an eagle at No. 18 to move inside the cut line. The defending champ is 1 under, which is the projected cut line at the moment.

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Update No. 28: 9:49 p.m. EST

We just had the shot of the day here at Waialae CC. Marc Leishman holed out from the fairway at the par-4 eighth. The shot moved him from 2 under to 4 under, and more importantly gives him a little breathing room heading into his last hole as the cut line is currently projected at 1 under.

Among those projected to make the cut who are still on the course: Jeff Maggert, Mark Anderson, Cameron Percy, Yuta Ikeda, Ben Kohles and Justin Bolli at 1 under, and Keegan Bradley at 2 under.

Among those currently on the outside looking in: Zach Johnson, Mike Weir, J.J. Henry and Casey Wittenberg at even par, and K.J. Choi, Derek Ernst and Michael Bradley at 1 over.

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Update No. 27: 8:45 p.m. EST

Here's another cut line watch, as the projected cut has moved to 2 under:

Cut line: 2 under

At or just above the projected cut: Kyle Stanley, John Daly, Y.E. Yang and Scott Stallings at 2 under. Mark Anderson (who is 6 under on the round), Carl Pettersson, Chad Campbell, Nicholas Thompson and Brendon de Jonge at 3 under.

Just missing out: Ted Potter Jr., Ryan Moore, Harris English, Justin Leonard, Ben Kohles and Kevin Na at 1 under. Matt Every, Zach Johnson, Michael Thompson, Caey Wittenberg and Fred Funk at even par.

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Update No. 26: 8:21 p.m. EST

Scott Piercy keeps gaining ground on Russell Henley (14 under), making birdie at the par-4 third after sticking his approach to about 5 feet. He's now at 11 under with six to play.

And speaking of close approaches, Keegan Bradley found himself in some thick rough right of the fairway at the par-4 12th. But i was no problem for Keegan, who found the green with his approach and watched the ball roll to within a couple feet of the hole. He would make birdie to move to 4 under.

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Update No. 25: 7:58 p.m. EST

Charles Howell III is putting together one of the better rounds of the afternoon. Howell just missed a chance at birdie at No. 13, but he's still 5 under since bogeying his first hole of the day at No. 1. He's 8 under for the tournament, which currently slots him at T-7.

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Update No. 24: 7:37 p.m. EST

Scott Piercy just closed his first nine with an eagle at No. 18. He's 4 under today and has yet to make a bogey through his first 27 holes of the tournament. Piercy is 10 under overall, four shots behind leader Russell Henley (14 under).

Also, Dustin Johnson's round can't get any worse now. After making birdie at No. 9 to move to 2 over, Johnson announced that he was withdrawing from the tournament due to flu-like symptoms. Richard H. Lee also just withdrew from the event.

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Update No. 23: 7:17 p.m. EST

Marc Leishman just drained a 30 footer for birdie on No. 17 to move to 6 under. Leishman, who started on No. 10, is through eight holes and is currently eight shots backs of leader Russell Henley.

Also, Dustin Johnson birdied the par-4 sixth to move to 1 over and get closer to the cut line. But he followed with a double at the par-3 seventh, where he had trouble after hitting his tee shot in the greenside bunker, and a bogey at the par-4 eighth, where his drive hit a palm tree and he failed to make a 10 footer for par.

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Update No. 22: 6:48 p.m. EST

So much for Dustin Johnson continuing his hot start. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner started 2 under through three holes on Thursday, but since then he's made seven bogeys and three birdies, and currently sits at 2 over through five holes Friday.

His second round has included bogeys at Nos. 2 and 5, so Johnson has some work to do as he's three shots under the cut line.

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Update No. 21: 6:14 p.m. EST

There are only a few afternoon groups who have yet to tee off, but we'll bring you the first cut line watch of 2013, anyways. There's still some golf to be played, but if things ended right now, here's how it would look:

Cut line: 1 under

At or just above the projected cut: Kyle Stanley, John Daly, Carl Pettersson and Keegan Bradley at 2 under. Ted Potter Jr., Harris English and Ryan Moore at 1 under.

Just missing out: Y.E. Yang, Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Scott Stallings, Fred Funk, Casey Wittenberg and Matt Every at even par. K.J. Choi, Dustin Johnson, Justin Leonard and Derek Ernst at 1 over.

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Update No. 20: 6:04 p.m. EST

Russell Henley has now made 15 birdies to just one bogey through two rounds of the Sony Open. Henley, who fired a 7-under 63 on Thursday, matched that with another 63 on Friday to move to 14 under at the halfway point. He leads fellow PGA Tour rookie Scott Langley by two shots. Langley followed a first-round 62 with a second-round, 4-under 66, and is in the clubhouse at 12 under.

Henley finished third on the Web.com Tour money list in 2012. The two players who finished ahead of him? That would be Casey Wittenburg and Luke Guthrie, who are even and 7 over, respectively, and both are in the clubhouse. Wittenburg is currently just under the projected cut line of 1 under.

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Update No. 19: 5:31 p.m. EST

John Huh, the defending PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, followed his 1-over 71 on Thursday with a 7-under 63 in Friday's second round. Huh's round included seven birdies and no bogeys. The performance vaults Huh to 6 under and into a tie for eighth at the moment with John Rollins, Scott Piercy and Vijay Singh.

Huh finished T-18 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, playing three rounds at 1 under. So much for a sophomore slump, at least so far this season.

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Update No. 18: 5:19 p.m. EST

Scott Langley set the pace yesterday with an 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead. But that feat has been equaled today, as Chris Kirk just wrapped up a 62 of his own to move into solo second, three shots behind current leader and fellow University of Georgia alum Russell Henley.

Kirk capped both his front and back nines with eagles, and sprinkled in four birdies as part of his bogey-free round.

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Update No. 17: 5:01 p.m. EST

A little change in events. A two shot swing has occurred. Russell Henley has a three shot lead after Scott Langley made a bogey, and Henley birdie at the par-4 5th. Langley has now dropped back into a tie for second with Tim Clark at 9-under.

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Update No. 16: 4:42 p.m. EST

Biggest mover of the day? Sang-Moon Bae. He is currently two shots above the cut-line at 2-under. Bae is 4-under through 17 holes in the second round. Five birdies and one bogey have helped him get under-par for the tournament.

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Update No. 15: 4:17 p.m. EST

Pat Perez has got his round to 6-under today during the second round through 12 holes. The 2009 Bob Hope Classic winner sits in solo fourth place at 8-under par for the tournament. Russell Henley is now at the top of the leaderboard by himself. He birdied the par-4 2nd, his 11th hole, to get to 11-under-par.

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Update No. 14: 3:54 p.m. EST

2012 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year John Huh has a pretty good round of 5-under going today. He started the day at 1-over, which right now is two shots outside of the cut-line. Huh picked up his first victory in just his fifth PGA Tour start at the Mayakoba Golf Classic last year.

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Update No. 13: 3:39 p.m. EST

Long-time professional Bart Bryant now making his move up the leaderboard. The 50-year-old is tied for seventh at 6-under-par.

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Update No. 13: 3:35 p.m. EST

Tim Clark makes a birdie at the par-4 10th and vaults him into a tie for the lead at 9-under par with Scott Langley and Russell Henley. Another player making moves is Chris Kirk. He is 5-under on the day with an eagle and 3 birdies. Kirk won his first Tour event in 2011 at the Viking Classic.

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Update No. 12: 3:12 p.m. EST

After pars through his first eight holes, 2011 Sony Open runner-up Tim Clark made an eagle a the par-5 9th to jump to 8-under-par for the tournament and one-shot behind leader Scott Langley.

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Update No. 11: 2:55 p.m. EST

Jason Kokrak is 3-under through 11 holes today, making him 4-under for the tournament. Kokrak is in his second full-year on the PGA Tour. In 2012, he finished in the top 10 twice, including a runner-up finish at the Frys.com Open.

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Update No. 10: 2:32 p.m. EST

Scott Langley made another birdie, which means he is now in the lead again. Stephen Ames is now 1-under for the day, 6-under for the overall tournament and is in third place. It was a rocky start for the Canadian as he has two pars, three birdies and two pars, but is finally under-par. Pat Perez and Dicky Pride both sit at 3-under on the day, and 5-under overall (T-6).

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Update No. 9: 2:14 p.m. EST

Nicholas Thompson, who got married Dec. 22 and is now on his honeymoon, is moving up the leaderboard nicely. He is 4-under through his first nine holes. Thompson is 5-under for the tournament and is tied for sixth.

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Update No. 8: 2 p.m. EST

First bogey of the tournament for Scott Langley at the par-3 11th, his second hole of the day. He drops back into a tie for the lead with Russell Henley at 8-under-par.

Did you know? Langley and Henley earned low amateur honors at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. They tied for 16th.

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Update No. 7: 1:45 p.m. EST

Leader Scott Langley just teed off with player partners Russell Henley and Luke Guthrie. And what do you know, Langley and Henley have made birdies on their opening hole. Langley moves to 9-under, and Henley to 8-under. Two shots back of Henley are Tim Clark, who is even through three holes, and Scott Piercy, who will tee off in the afternoon wave.

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Update No. 6: 1:33 p.m. EST

Tough start to the 2013 season for Bud Cauley continues. Cauley didn't start the second day too hot either. He has two bogeys in the first four holes. Luckily, he birdied his fourth hole of the day. For a minute, he was tied for last. He now stands T-141.

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Update No. 5: 1:12 p.m. EST

Webb Simpson is 1-under through one, and is now 5-under for the tournament, three shots back of leader Scott Langley. The reigning U.S. Open champion is looking for his fourth career PGA Tour victory.

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Update No. 4: 12:53 p.m. EST

Charlie Wi and Nicholas Thompson are moving up the leaderboard early. Wi is 1-under through two, while Thompson is 2-under through three. Thompson is playing the back nine first. Both players are looking to capture their first PGA Tour wins this week.

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Update No. 3: 12:41 p.m. EST

The cut-line looks to be at 1-under right now, but it's still pretty early in the second round. Some notable players that are at 1-under are Brian Gay, Harris English, Jonas Blixt and Chez Reavie. At even-par just under the cut-line are Dustin Johnson, Ryan Moore and John Daly.

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Update No. 2: 12:28 p.m. EST

And way we go! Round 2 of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae CC has started. The first groups of Brian Gay, Chad Campbell and Charlie Wi are off of No. 1 and Josh Teater, Matt Every and Nicholas Thompson are off of No. 10.

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Update No. 1: 12:12 p.m. EST

Waiting for a few players to finish their rounds from yesterday as play was suspended due to darkness.

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Round 1 coverage

TOUGH LOVE: After playing a practice round at the 2012 U.S. Open, K.J. Choi was blunt with Dong-Hwan Lee: "You hit it like a woman." Lee didn't take offense to it, he went home and worked harder. Notebook.

ROOKIES RISE: It was a day dominated by rookies, led by former Illinois All-American Scott Langley, who shot an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open. 5 Things.

TRACKER: Round 1 at the Sony Open is complete with PGA Tour rookie Scoot Langley taking a one-shot lead over Russell Henley. Langley finished the day by shooting a bogey free 8-under 62. How it happened.

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Pre-tournament coverage

FAMILIAR PLACE: 54-year-old left-hander Russ Cochran, who Monday-qualified for the Sony Open, will be making his first PGA Tour start in nearly four years. Story.

GRIP IT AND RIP IT: Coach Butch Harmon says he loves it when Dustin Johnson hits driver nearly everywhere. "Best club in his bag," says Tiger Woods' former coach. Johnson agrees, saying he gets in trouble when he tries to "steer it." Notebook.

PREDICTIONS: Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson are on the respective radars of our fantasy experts for this week's Sony Open. Story.

ODDS: It didn’t take long for Dustin Johnson to be installed as the favorite to win his second event in the 2013 PGA Tour season, as he is an 8-1 favorite at the Sony Open. Story.

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