Russell Henley of Macon hits his approach shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. (Photo: Jake Roth-USA TODAY)
Macon's Russell Henley is enjoying his very first event as a member of the PGA Tour.
Henley fired his second straight 63 and stands alone atop the Leader Board in the second round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The former Stratford Academy and University of Georgia standout carded eight birdies and no bogey's on Friday.
Through two trips over the Waialae Country Club course, Henley has 15 birdies and only one bogey.
He leads first round leader Scott Langley and Scott Piercy by two shots. Former Georgia Tech golfer Matt Kuchar is three behind.
Tim Clark and Chris Kirk were four shots off the pace. Kirk fired Friday's best round, an eight under par 62.
Henley, a three-time winner on the Web.com Tour, birdied the 10th to start his round. After five pars in a row, he joined Langley in the lead with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 16.
At the par-5 18th, Henley 2-putted for birdie and Langley got up and down for birdie as they remained tied atop the leaderboard. Henley moved in front with a 8-foot birdie effort at the second.
Henley birdied the fifth from 16 feet out and was suddenly three clear of the field as Langley bogeyed the same hole. The 23-year-old Henley made it two in a row as he birdied the sixth.
After a pair of pars, Henley capped his round with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth.
"I got off to a good start, hit a good drive on the first hole, and it felt good to hit a good one and kind of relaxed me a little bit. I hit a little 50- yard wedge up there and made like a pretty big curling putt for birdie," Henley explained. "Just kind of nice to start out with a solid hole like that. I just kind of fed off it the whole day from there.
"I didn't make every putt that was close, but I was hitting great putts, hitting them like I want to hit them, and some were falling. So I'm happy about it."