Scott Langley’s bid for his first PGA Tour win will have to wait a week.
But he gained plenty of confidence and a hefty paycheck in finishing third at Sunday’s Sony Open in Honolulu.
“He did awesome. What a positive week,” UI men’s golf coach Mike Small said Sunday night after watching Langley close with back-to-back birdies to draw even with Charles Howell III. “I’m sure he would have loved to have won, but think about it: a month and a half ago he didn’t have a place to play, he didn’t have his (PGA Tour) card. Now he’s going to be playing in a lot of events.”
Tied for the lead entering the final round, Langley scuffled midway through the back nine (three bogeys in four holes) but finished strong for an even-par 70. The St. Louis lefty, who gained a spot on the PGA Tour at December’s Q School, finished 7 strokes behind the winner, fellow PGA rookie Russell Henley, and 17-under for the tournament. His reward: $324,800 and 163 FedEx Cup points.
“What I’m most proud about our kids is that they don’t show fear,” Small said. “Most kids see this mystical tour when they get out there — and they come out scared. These kids don’t and I’m proud of that mentality. It’s something we always talk about.”
Small and Langley, whose bag included a Chief logo, kept in touch throughout the week. The coach also followed along on Golf Channel.
“This is why I got into coaching,” Small said, “to see these kids achieve their dreams. It’s a lot of fun.”