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Henry takes early lead at Shriners Open

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J.J Henry missed out on becoming one of the few players to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour, but can be pleased with his day's work as he leads the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by a shot over Andres Romero.

Henry looked on course to become the seventh player to card a round of 59, but fell short by one shot as he registered an 11-under 60 to take command of the second PGA Tour event of the season in Las Vegas.

Beginning on the back nine, Henry made four birdies on his opening nine holes. But it was on his final nine holes where he impressed, making four more birdies after six holes.

But with the magic 59 in sight, a par at the seventh ended his chances of joining the exclusive club - which Jim Furyk most recently became a member of last month at the BMW Championship.

Henry ended his round with another birdie and an eagle to miss out by one shot.

Romero is a shot off Henry after he hit a 10-under 61, but although he could not match the leader's score, he went one better in the eagles' department by making two, one on the par-5 ninth and par-4 15th.

Americans James Driscoll and Jonathan Byrd are eight-under, with Canadian Stephen Ames on six-under and four players of Ricky Barnes, Sean O'Hair, Cameron Tringale and Will Claxton on five-under.

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