Apr 3rd, 2017
Russell Henley wins the Shell Houston Open
As Rickie and Sung falter
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty images
Henley starting the final round four shots behind the leader South Korean Sung Kang, but a run of birdies through the 13th, 14th and 15th earned him the lead, and ultimately victory.
Russell Henley made a total of 10 birdies in his final round and posted a seven–under 65 for the victory, which also earned him the final place in the Masters.
Henley and Kang were tied with six holes to play when Henley went on his three straight birdie run with two short putts on par 5s and a 35 foot putt on the par-3 14th.
Kang failed to make a single birdie over his last 10 holes, but this will at least be his first second placing on the PGA Tour.
This is 27–year old Henley’s third PGA victory, and will see him pocket $1.26 million from the $7 million prize fund. He last won in 2014 when he captured the Sony Open in Hawaii
Henley finished at 20-under 268 for a three–shot victory, which also gives him his third visit to the Masters.
Rickie Fowler's challenge faltered as his shot a final round of 70 to finish tied with Luke List on 16 under, and four shots behind the winner.
And what of Grayson Murray, who planned to bring model Lindsey Pelas as his caddy to the Masters par three tournament?
Well, he finished T55 with Phil Mickelson, so his Masters dream is over for this year at least.