Russell Henley wins SHO, Clinches Masters Berth
Winning any PGA tournament is awesome. Winning the one that gets you into The Masters is as good as it gets.
Russell Henley did just that Sunday at the rain-soaked Shell Houston Open, rallying from four shots down to win by three with a 7-under 65. He made 10 birdies in the final 18 holes.
Henley wound up 20-under par and was the only player to shoot sub-70 in all four rounds, finishing at 67-67-69-65 – 268 to earn $1.26 million and 500 FedEx points.
Korea’s Sung-hoon Kang took second, unable to keep up the scintillating pace of his first two rounds, finishing at 17-under courtesy of a 65-63-71-72 – 271.
Last week’s runner-up at the WGC-Dell Match Play continued his strong year and Texas two-step: Jon Rahm finished tied for 10th at 9-under.
Henley was 5-under through eight holes before coming back down to earth with a double-bogey 5 on No. 9. He strung together five more birdies between 10 and 17 before bogeying 18 with the tournament title already well in hand.