US rookie Scott Langley made an impressive start to his PGA Tour career on Thursday, going bogey- free in the opening round of the Sony Open to seize a one-shot lead.
Langley, 23, who earned his full-time Tour card at qualifying school, shot an eight-under 62 — with his round at the Waialae Country Club, including a 56-foot eagle shot and a 29-foot birdie putt.
He ended one shot ahead of playing partner and fellow rookie Russell Henley, a three-time winner on the Web.com Tour, who was alone in second spot.
“I was pretty nervous starting out,” Langley said. “I settled down after three or four holes and made some nice birdies early. That got me in a nice rhythm for the day. Looking back at all my rounds professionally thus far, this might be the best one.”
South Africa’s Tim Clark and the US’ Scott Piercy posted matching rounds of 64, while Canada’s Stephen Ames and the US’ Jeff Overton were a further stroke back.
Americans Matt Kuchar, US Open champion Webb Simpson and Tim Herron are among 10 players tied for seventh at four-under 66.
Langley is no stranger to high-level golf.
He tied for low amateur three years ago in Pebble Beach and previously qualified for two US Opens.
“I am a young guy,” said Langley, who used to play on the Hooters Tour. “But I am old enough to know that we have a lot of golf left. I am excited about the next few days.”
Langley had a hot putter throughout his round and got off to a quick start by making a 14-foot putt for birdie at the second hole.