Tracker: Rookie Langley takes one shot lead

Scott Langley is tied for the lead after Round 1 of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae.

Scott Langley is tied for the lead after Round 1 of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae.

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Rookie Scott Langley has taken a one-shot lead over playing competitor Russell Henley after a bogey free 8-under-par 62 in the first round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. Langley, the 2010 NCAA individual champion, got up and down from 8 feet for birdie on the 18th to take the lead into the clubhouse. Between Langley and Henley, they had 14 birdies, one eagle and one bogey.

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Last year, the Sony Open brought the golf world something new: The mustache.

Johnson Wagner won the tournament, refused to shave it off and the world was abuzz by his facial hair.

(We even got in on the act right here)

Wagner is back for more this week in Honolulu and we kept you updated on Round 1 all day long.

Take a look at how it happened:

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Update No. 40: 11:03 p.m. EST

Australian Danny Lee finished his round on a good note. He birdied four of his last seven holes to finish the day at 4-under, four strokes off the lead. He is tied for seventh.

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Update No. 39: 10:41 p.m. EST

Russell Henley got up and down and saved par at the 18th. He finished with a 7-under 63 at Waialae. Playing partner Luke Guthrie made birdie and jumped back to even-par. Scott Langley played a flop shot to 8 feet and got up and down for birdie taking the lead into the clubhouse with an 8-under 62.

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Update No. 38: 10:21 p.m. EST

Two rookies battling it out in Round 1 for the top spot on the leaderboard. Russell Henley makes a birdie putt on the par-3 17th, while Scott Langley saved par with an up and down from the right rough. One hole left.

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Update No. 37: 10:05 p.m. EST

Scott Langley drops another bomb of a putt on the 16th and take a one stroke lead. Make that 7-under for Langley with no bogeys on the card. Langley is a graduate of the University of Illinois (as well as playing a partner Luke Guthrie) and was the 2010 NCAA individual champion.

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Update No. 36: 9:41 p.m. EST

Rusell Henley makes a birdie at the par-4 16th. He’s at 5-under-par, one shot off the lead and playing partner Scott Langley, with two holes left to play today. Henley is tied for third with Jeff Overton, Stephen Ames and Tim Clark.

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Update No. 35: 9:27 p.m. EST

K.J. Choi just hit Webb Simpson’s ball on the par-3 17th. Simpson’s ball was on the green about 15 feet away from the hole. Choi teed off and hit it on the fly. Simpson’s ball rolled to the back of the green, and Choi’s ball ricocheted into the greenside bunker. Simpson will be able to replace his ball, as close to the hole they can estimate, while Choi will have to play from the bunker.

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Update No. 34: 9:01 p.m. EST

Tim Clark is moving up the leaderboard quietly. He has a 5-under bogey free round going. The 2010 Players champion is one shot off the lead. Clark had three top 10 finishes in 2012.

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Update No. 33: 8:41 p.m. EST

Back to the rookie group we go. . . Each player (Henley, Langley and Guthrie) made a birdie at the par-4 10th. Langley holds a share of the lead with Scott Piercy at 6-under par. Henley goes to 4-under-par. And Guthrie gets back to even-par. Between Langley and Henley, they have eight birdies and one eagle. While Guthrie has made back-to-back birdies to get back to even.

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Update No. 32: 8:30 p.m. EST

Russell Henley, Scott Langley and Luke Guthrie are all playing together in the first two rounds of the Sony Open. As it stands now, Langley is at 5-under, one shot off the lead, Henley is at 3-under (T-14) and Guthrie is at 1-over. (T-88). One of these rookies could easily be named Rookie of the Year later in the year.

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Update No. 31: 8:18 p.m. EST

John Daly, in his All-American pants, has made the turn at 1-under at Waialae CC. Three birdies and two bogeys fill the scorecard for Daly as he heads to the back nine.

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Update No. 30: 8:00 p.m. EST

A number of PGA Tour winners on the course right now are at 2-under-par. That includes Chad Campbell, Webb Simpson, Vijay Sing, Chris Kirk and Jonas Blixt. They are T-21.

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Update No. 29: 7:52 p.m. EST

Remember Stephen Ames? The Canadian is 4 under through his first 10 holes and is currently tied for third. In 2012, he made seven cuts in 20 events.

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Update No. 28: 7:45 p.m. EST

54-year-old Russ Cochran is showing he can still hang with the boys. Cochran is 3-under through seven holes. He qualified for the Sony Open on Monday after shooting 67 at Turtle Bay Resort's Palmer Course. He is making his first PGA Tour start in nearly four years.

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Update No. 27: 7:30 p.m. EST

One of two amateurs playing in the field this week, Hideki Matsuyama shot a 4-over 74 today and is T-137. Even though he is an amateur, he is No. 128 in the Official World Golf Rankings due to his victory on the Japan Golf Tour. He is the highest ranked amateur in the OWGR.

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Update No. 26: 7:08 p.m. EST

PGA Tour rookies are faring well during Round 1. Former Oklahoma State Cowboy Morgan Hoffmann is currently tied for third after shooting a 4-under-par 66 today. Virginia graduate Ben Knoles is T-10 after a 3-under 67. He won in back-to-back weeks on the Web.com Tour right after turning professional. And Scott Langley, who just started his round in Hawaii today, is off to a hot start. Langley is 3-under through four holes. Can he keep this birdie pace up?

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Update No. 25: 6:55 p.m. EST

Only three players from the afternoon groups are currently 2 under or better: Stephen Ames, Scott Langley and Russ Cochran, who are all at 2 under.

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Update No. 24: 6:26 p.m. EST

Bud Cauley had a nice first year on the PGA Tour in 2012, finishing third once, adding five more top 10s and making 21 cuts in 28 starts. But he's gotten off to a rough start in Honolulu. Cauley is 4 over through five holes, including making a double at No. 2.

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Update No. 23: 6:12 p.m. EST

Former UNLV standout and 2012 PGA Tour Q-School grad Derek Ernst played his first nine holes of the day (Nos. 10-18) in 1 under. But he notched three bogeys on his front nine and finished with a 1-over 71.

Another recent Q-School grad, Eric Meierdierks, finished with a 7-over 77.

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Update No. 22: 6:05 p.m. EST

While the morning waves were filled with some of the more higher-profile players (Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson), there are fewer notables in the afternoon portion of the first round.

Among those just starting their rounds are 2012 PGA Tour winners Jonas Blixt (1 over through three holes), Ted Potter Jr. (1 over through two holes), Tommy Gainey (1 over through two holes) and Webb Simpson (even through four holes).

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Update No. 21: 5:47 p.m. EST

More morning rounds are finishing up. Here's a look at some notable finishes from the early groups:

• Carl Pettersson bogeyed his first hole of the day (No. 1), but went bogey-free over the next 17 holes, making three birdies and finishing with a 2-under 68.

• Matt Kuchar closed with three birdies in his last six holes, made just one bogey and carded a 4-under 66. He's T-3 right now along with Charles Howell III, Tim Herron and Matt Jones, who are all finished today.

• Zach Johnson and Johnson Wagner each finished with 1-over 71s. Their playing competitor, Dustin Johnson, was one shot better, finishing at even-par 70.

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Update No. 20: 5:25 p.m. EST

As the afternoon groups continue to tee off, Scott Piercy just wrapped up the best round of the day so far. Piercy entered No. 18 tied with clubhouse leader Jeff Overton at 5 under. But a birdie on his final hole gave Piercy the outright lead and helped him close with a 6-under 64.

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Update No. 19: 5:10 p.m. EST

Jeff Overton finished his first round with a 5-under 65, and he's in a two-way tie for the lead with Scott Piercy, who is 5 under and is currently on No. 18.

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Update No. 18: 4:33 p.m. EST

The first group is in, as Matt Jones (4-under 66), Ken Duke (2-under 68) and Ricky Barnes (even-par 70) have just wrapped up their first rounds.

Meanwhile, Scott Piercy is all alone at the top of the leaderboard. He's 5 under and leads Jones, David Hearn, Charles Howell III, Morgan Hoffmann, Billy Horschel and Jeff Overton by one shot.

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Update No. 17: 4 p.m. EST

Billy Horschel earned his PGA Tour card for the third time in four years at Q-School this past November. And in his first start of 2013, Horschel finds himself atop the leaderboard. The former Florida Gator turned in five birdies on his first nine holes after starting on the back nine, and is currently tied with Scott Piercy for the lead at 5 under.

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Update No. 16: 3:39 p.m. EST

Morgan Hoffmann's rookie year is off to a fast start. He's 3 under par on his first seven holes and one shot off the lead. Hoffmann started 2012 without status after missing at Q-School's second stage. He used sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifiers to earn his way into the Web.com Tour Championship. He shot a final-round 64 there to finish third and move from 31st to 19th on the money list. Hoffmann finished in the top-10 in five of his final six Web.com Tour events last season. It seems his strong play is continuing.

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Update No. 15: 3:36 p.m. EST

The top of the leaderboard features some notable names in the top 10, including Keegan Bradley (3 under), Dustin Johnson (2 under) and Matt Kuchar (2 under).

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Update No. 14: 3:28 p.m. EST

Scott Piercy, who won the RBC Canadian Open last season, has joined Jeff Overton at 4 under. Piercy has four birdies through 10 holes, including two straight on Nos. 9-10.

The pair leads six players at 3 under, including Morgan Hoffmann, Billy Horschel and Brian Stuard.

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Update No. 13: 3:06 p.m. EST

Harris English's rookie season on the PGA Tour included three top 10s, 10 top 25s, 22 made cuts in 27 events and $1,186,003 earned. He's gotten 2013 off to a good start, too, playing his first nine holes of the season in 3 under. He's T-2 behind leader Jeff Overton (4 under).

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Update No. 12: 2:51 p.m. EST

While Mark Wilson has now dropped to 4 over, he's not the only one having a rough start. Zach Johnson, a former Sony Open winner, is 3 over through right holes today. He has bogeys on three of his last four holes after starting his round on the back nine.

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Update No. 11: 2:44 p.m. EST

Tough start for 2011 Sony Open champion Mark Wilson. He's 3 over par after six holes. Wilson teed off on No. 10 and made bogeys at Nos. 11, 12 and 15. He's coming off an 11th-place finish at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Update No. 10: 2:35 p.m. EST

Amateur Hideki Matsuyama is on the course, and even par after two holes. Matsuyama won the 2010 and 2011 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships, which earned him spots in the past two Masters. He made the cut in both, including a T-27 in 2011. Matsuyama is still amateur, but he's also No. 128 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He won on the Japan Tour in 2011 and had four top-7 finishes in his past five Japan Tour starts, including two runners-up.

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Update No. 9: 2:25 p.m. EST

Matt Jones has made a quick climb up the leaderboard, making eagle at No. 9 and adding a birdie at the par-4 10th. He's 3 under, which puts him in solo second behind leader David Hearn (4 under). Jones made just eight cuts in 19 events in 2012, notching just one top 10.

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Update No. 8: 2:02 p.m. EST

David Hearn's best finish on the PGA Tour last season was T-10, which he accomplished twice, including at the Sony Open. He's having success in Honolulu again as he holds the solo lead at 3 under. Through eight holes, Hearn has four birdies and a bogey, and three birdies in his last four holes. He's almost at the turn after teeing off on the back nine.

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

Dustin Johnson is among four players now at 2 under. Ken Duke, Charles Howell III and Jeff Overton join last week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner in the lead. Johnson has birdied two of his first three holes after starting the round on the back nine.

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Update No. 6: 1:31 p.m. EST

Jeff Overton is tied for the lead after making birdies on Waialae's 12th and 13th holes. Overton, a member of the United States' 2010 Ryder Cup team, is playing his first tournament since signing with Adams Golf. It seems the new sticks are working, thus far. Overton's best Sony finish in six previous appearances is T-20.

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Update No. 5: 1:20 p.m. EST

We have our first player at 2 under as Ken Duke just birdied No. 5 to move a stroke ahead of nine players who are tied for second at 1 under. That's two straight birdies for Duke, who posted six top 10s and made 22 of 30 cuts in 2012.

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Update No. 4: 1:02 p.m. EST

Last year, Johnson Wagner left Honolulu with a Sony Open victory. He's completed his first hole of today's first round (No. 10) and finds himself in first place again. Wagner is 1 under along with five other players, including Dustin Johnson, who won the opening tournament of the 2013 PGA Tour season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, on Tuesday.

Wagner and Johnson are playing in an all-Johnson threesome that includes Zach Johnson, another former Sony Open champion.

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Update No. 3: 12:46 p.m. EST

Charles Howell III is atop the leaderboard after a birdie at his first hole, the 353-yard, par-4 10th. It's early, of course, but Howell is accustomed to being on the leadboard at Waialae. He was runner-up here last year and in 2007, T-5 in 2010, fourth in 2009 and 2002 and T-3 in 2005. That's six top-5 finishes.

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Update No. 2: 12:27 p.m. EST

David Hearn has taken the first lead of the tournament with a birdie on his opening hole (No. 10).

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Update No. 1: 12:10 p.m. EST

And we're off at the Sony Open. Ken Duke got play underway with the tournament's first tee shot. He's playing alongside Ricky Barnes and Matt Jones.

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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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