Scott Langley joined Russell Henley at the top after three rounds of the Sony Open
Russell Henley remains in the lead at the Sony Open but was joined by fellow rookie Scott Langley after round three.
Last Updated: 13/01/13 7:23am
Henley added a 67 to his previous 63s to reach 17-under-par but playing partner Langley carded 65 to join him at the top, three clear of the chasing pack.
Two strokes in front at the start of another warm and breezy day at Waialae, Henley maintained that advantage with birdies at the second and eighth before Langley trimmed the lead to one with a two-putt birdie at the par-five ninth.
Left-hander Langley picked up another shot at the 10th to draw level, then forged one ahead when he coolly sank a 12-footer from the fringe at the par-four 13th.
A three-putt bogey at the 14th dropped Langley back into a tie for the lead but he immediately regained a one-stroke cushion when he rolled in a 14-footer to birdie the 15th.
Henley signed off with a two-putt birdie at the par-five last to become the first player to reach 17 under par after 54 holes at the Sony Open.
Moments later, Langley had a golden chance to improve that record by one but he lipped out with his birdie attempt from 11 feet and had to settle for dual honours and a share of the lead.
"Whatever happens tomorrow, I'm going to learn from it," Henley told reporters after playing in the company of Langley for a third day in a row.
"I've played great golf and I feel like I can compete out here. Win this tournament or not, it's already been a very successful week."
South African Tim Clark is within three after a second successive 66 and he in turn is a shot ahead of Scott Gardiner of Australia and Charles Howell III.