Guthrie's up-and-down round ends with solid finish

Posted: Jan. 11, 2013 2:49 am Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 3:15 am


HONOLULU -- Luke Guthrie's goal for the second round of the Sony Open is quite simple.

He wants to "clean it up."

To do that, he needs to take the black numbers off his scorecard.

The Quincy native got his rookie season on the PGA Tour off to an up-and-down start Thursday, carding five birdies and six bogeys during a round of 1-over 71 at Waialae Country Club.

Twice, Guthrie dropped to 3-over during his round, but he closed with birdies on three of his final five holes to finish tied for 88th.

Guthrie will likely need to shoot 2-under in Friday's second round to make the cut.

"Not quite what I was looking for today, but fought like an Illini," Guthrie posted on Twitter.

Although Guthrie isn't at the top of the leaderboard, a former Illinois golfer is.

Scott Langley, a former roommate and teammate of Guthrie, made a rookie debut on the PGA Tour he won't soon forget.

Langley thrived on a penetrating ball flight and a pure putting stroke for an 8-under 62, giving him a one-shot lead over Russell Henley in the first round of the Sony Open. Henley played in the same group as Langley and Guthrie, and they put on quite a show.

Henley made five birdies on the back nine, holing 15-footers with confidence. But the Georgia grad couldn't keep on the par-5 18th hole when his chip from short of the green came out hot and he had to settle for a two-putt par from 30 feet.

"I'm a young guy, but I'm old enough to know that we have a lot of golf left. We've barely started, and I'm excited about the next few days," Langley said.

Langley, a former NCAA champion from Illinois, played bogey-free in a steady wind -- nowhere near the gusts of Kapalua last week -- and made a couple of long putts.

He holed from 55 feet across the green for eagle on the par-5 ninth, and then took the outright lead on the 16th when a fairway bunker shot landed on the front part of the green, and he rapped in a 30-footer for birdie.

His final birdie came on the 18th with a tough flop shot over a bunker that settled about 6 feet away. He made that for birdie, just like he made putts from similar length for par to keep his round intact.


-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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