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Russell Henley Finds Himself Near the Top of the Humana Challenge Leaderboard

Jan 13, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Russell Henley kisses the Sony Open trophy after winning with a final round 63 to go 24 under for the tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

If you had to choose a story line after day one of the Humana Challenge, the clear choice would be Russell Henley.

After winning his first PGA Tour event last week in Hawaii, Henley finds himself near the top again.

Henley opened up on fire. He started on the back nine where he birdied four of his first five holes. He then went on to birdie 16 before tripping on 17 with a boogie. It was no big deal however, as he then produced an eagle and two more birdies on the front nine to finish the day with a -8 score. He is just one stroke off the lead.

I have to say, I find myself actively rooting for the guy. He is a great young player, and is very poised under pressure. He spent little time Thursday analyzing every shot, electing to play golf to not ruin his momentum.

Their is a three way tie on top of the leader board. The trio of Americans are Robert Castro, Jason Kokrak (he is a graduate of Xavier in Cincinnati!) and James Hahn. They all shot a 63 Thursday.

It was reported that Phil Mickelson has sick for a couple days now, and he did not have a good day at all considering that the leaders are shooting in the low sixties. Mickelson finished shooting just par on the day, and a 73.


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Topics: James Hahn, Jason Kokrak, Phil Mickelson, Robert Castro, Russell Henley

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