HONOLULU PGA Tour rookies Russell Henley and Scott Langley get to play one more round together at the Sony Open, this time with a lot more on the line.
Henley two-putted from 30 feet for birdie on the last hole Saturday for a 3-under-par 67, allowing him to catch up to Langley, who had to settle for a par and a 65. They broke the tournament scoring record through 54 holes at 17-under 193.
Better yet, they had a three-shot lead over Tim Clark.
At stake today is a trophy, the customary lei draped around the neck and an invitation to the Masters.
If the third round was any indication, Clark and everyone will have to chase them down. The 23-year-old rookies never flinched on a warm afternoon with only a mild breeze on a Waialae Country Club course that was ripe for low scores.
Langley made seven birdies to offset a pair of bogeys. Henley has been steadier, and he carries a streak of 43 holes without a bogey into the final round.
They each have a chance to become the first rookie to win in their PGA Tour debut since Garrett Willis in the 2001 Tucson Open.
"The Vegas odds on me winning were probably not very good," said Langley.
Henley looked relaxed when he finished his round and still feels as though he's playing with house money. After all, it's his first tournament of the year and he already has a chance to win.
"It's already been a successful week," he said. "Win or lose, I'm not too stressed about it."
European Tour in Durban, South Africa Scott Jamieson of Scotland had a 4-under 68 and took a five-shot lead in the Volvo Champions, while Louis Oosthuizen faded in the third round at Durban Country Club.
Jamieson began the day a stroke behind the former British Open champion but finished with a 15-under total to lead Oosthuizen (74), Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand (73) and Julien Quesne of France (67).
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