PGA Tour: Russell Henley scored a 63 to take a three-shot lead into the midway point of the Sony Open, but first seed Cameron Smith withdrew early.
Henley shot a second-round 63 at Waialae Country Club, including two eagles, and played his final six holes in six under to move away from closest opponent Haotong Li.
Henley finished his round with a 30-foot eagle at the par-five ninth, after holding out from the bunker to eagle the 18th but failing to get up and down from the sand at the par-four first. Henley then followed up four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the fourth with a 30-foot eagle at the par-five ninth.
6-under on his final 6 holes. 💪
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 14, 2022
“I don’t recall the last time I got two eagles in the same round,” Henley said, “but it’s definitely thrilling.” “I’ve still got a long way to go, but for the next two days, I’m just hoping to keep believing in myself.”
Li went to 12 under after three birdies on either side of his lone bogey of the day, while Matt Kuchar remains four strokes back in third after a bogey-free 65 that included five birdies in an eight-hole run.
Michael Thompson is in fourth place, while Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama and Ireland’s Seamus Power are in a group of 11 players tied for fifth place, four strokes behind the leader. World amateur No. 1 Keita Nakajima is also in the group.
Kevin Na, the defending champion and first-round leader, faltered to a 71 on Friday and fell seven shots behind the leaders, while Smith, the Sentry Tournament of Champions’ record-breaking winner, missed the cut by three strokes following a second-round 71.
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