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Russell Henley leads; Maryknoll alum Peter Jung shoots 65 in 2nd round of Sony Open in Hawaii

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Russell Henley closed with four birdies and an eagle over his final six holes to take the second round lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday at Waialae Country Club.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Russell Henley closed with four birdies and an eagle over his final six holes to take the second round lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday at Waialae Country Club.

Russell Henley finished with four birdies and an eagle over his final six holes to take the second-round lead at 15 under at the Sony Open in Hawaii today at Waialae Country Club.

Nine years after winning the tournament in his first event as a PGA Tour member, Henley followed up an opening-round 62 with a 63 to take a three-shot lead over China’s Haotong Li, who shot a 65.

Matt Kuchar, the 2019 Sony champion, also shot 65 to sit alone in third place at 11 under on another picture-perfect day in Kahala.

Michael Thompson is alone in fourth place at 10 under after shooting a 67 in the afternoon.

>> PHOTOS: Sony Open round 2

Maryknoll alumnus and current Washington State freshman Peter Jung started his day at 2 over and was 5 under through his first 10 holes to get within a shot of the projected cut for much of the afternoon. The cut line jumped to 5 under before the last few groups finished and Jung bogeyed 17 to erase any chances of playing over the weekend.

He bounced back with a birdie on 18 to shoot a 65 and match Lance Suzuki, David Ishii and Parker McLachlin (twice) for the second-lowest score by a Hawaii-born golfer in tournament history behind Tadd Fujikawa’s 62 in 2009.

Henley, who has three other top-20 finishes in his nine events here coming in, broke away from the pack beginning on No. 18 when he holed out from the bunker for eagle to get to 10 under after starting his round on the back nine.

He fell back a shot with a bogey on No. 1 before sinking back-to-back 9-footers for birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. He added putts of similar length for birdie on Nos. 7 and 8 before closing the day with a 29-foot bomb on No. 9 for eagle and a commanding lead.

Henley’s 63 was matched by three other players in the morning round — Stewart Cink, Charles Howell III and Ryan Armour.

Howell III will make the cut for the 21st consecutive time at Waialae.

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