Langley three times missed birdie putts from 5 feet on the front nine, though he still was only two shots behind. He just couldn't keep pace. Langley closed with two birdies for a 70 to tie for third with Charles Howell III, who had a 66.
"I wish I would have played a little bit better today and made some more putts," said Langley, who missed three birdie putts of 5 feet on the front nine. "But Russell played so awesome. I don't even know if I could have caught him."
Howell, twice a runner-up at the Sony Open, had his lowest score ever at Waialae and was seven shots behind.
"Russell didn't falter one bit," Howell said.
Henley hasn't done anything wrong in about four months. In his past five tournaments dating to the end of September — four of those on the Web.com Tour — Henley is 73-under par. His scoring average in those five events is 67.15.
There's no telling where this will lead him. Thanks to his play on the Web.com Tour last year — No. 3 on the money list and two wins — Henley goes to No. 50 in the world. His win puts him in the Masters, PGA Championship, The Players Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational. And at No. 50 in the world and tied for the top of the FedEx Cup standings, he's likely to get into the next two World Golf Championships — the Match Play at the end of February, Doral in early March.
Not bad for his rookie debut in the big leagues.
"When you get up close and watch a guy play ... if that's how he putts all the time, whew! It's over," Clark said.
And it was.
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