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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Sony Open

Winner: Russell Henley

Around the wider world of golf: Louis Oosthuizen won the Volvo Golf Champions on the ET, so he'd have a new trophy to go with his new excavator; and Titiya Plucksataporn won the TLPGA & Royal Open on the LAGT.

Russell Henley with Sony Open trophy

Bear with me here. There's a reason behind my rambling...

The 2012 NFL Draft (for those of you unfamiliar with the Draft, that's when the various pro football teams choose new rookies from the college players who have decided to become pros) was considered one of the best ever, especially where quarterbacks were concerned. In fact, three of those rookie QBs actually led their teams into the finals this year. Two of them were knocked out in the first round. The one who was left got knocked out yesterday, despite breaking several records along the way.

His name was Russell -- Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

Many in the golf media think this year's rookie class of golfers may be one of the best in recent memory. One of them is also named Russell -- Russell Henley -- and he also broke several records this weekend. But he had considerably better results than the other Russell had, since he won the Sony Open.

Because the rookies in both football and golf are having such success, questions have been raised -- specifically, can you really call them "rookies"? Unlike rookies of the past, these new players have been prepared for the pro ranks in ways never dreamed of. Russell Henley, for example, won twice on the Web.com Tour last year -- the Chiquita Classic and the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. Can you really call him a rookie?

Well, I know what you can call him... DANGEROUS. Russell shot three 63s at the Sony! According to PGATOUR.com's wrap-up report:
Henley finished at 24-under 256, breaking by four shots the Sony Open in Hawaii scoring record last set by Brad Faxon in 2001.

It was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA TOUR history, two shots behind Tommy Armour III in 2003 at the Valero Texas Open.

And that wasn't the only record.

Henley set tournament records for the low 36-hole score after his 63-63 start, he shared the 54-hole record with [Scott] Langley and set another tournament record with the lowest final round by a champion.
Does that sound like a rookie to you? Whether it does or not, I'm sure the word "threat" has been attached to his name by the other Tour pros.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the "rookie" who just made the rest of the Tour -- probably including last year's rookies -- feel very old indeed:
Russell’s first win caused quite the sensation
And the field came to this realization:
They must stop his low scores
Or become dinosaurs…
So they’ve asked for his swift deportation.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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