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Rookie triumphs at Sony Open

It had been 12 years since the last PGA Tour rookie won on his debut. That was Garret Willis in the 2001 Tucson Open. No longer.

Step forward and take a bow, Russell Henley from Macon, Ga., who played like a seasoned pro in winning the Sony Open in Honolulu by four shots - a record score.

A 29 on the back nine, a 7-under 63, the lowest ever finish by a Sony Open winner. It's also the second-best ever for a 72-hole tournament. It's just as well Henley let his golf do the talking, he nearly ran out of words in the post-match furore.

"I'm pretty speechless," Henley said. "I was trying not to think about Augusta out there because I just kept telling myself, 'This is a long year, you're going to play this game a long time, and be patient, it doesn't have to happen now.' Everything I could to psyche myself out of thinking about winning. It worked."

A 45-foot putt for birdie on the 14th, an 18-footer on the 17th, it didn't matter from where, the rookie just kept on sinking 'em. And now, he'll be heading to the Big Leagues with a guaranteed spot in the Masters line-up in Augusta.

"I don't really know what happened, honestly," Henley said. "This is the most nervous I've ever been. That's the hardest thing I've ever done. It's been my goal to make it to the Masters my whole life. I'm kind of speechless right now."

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