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Mar 03

Russell Henley Holds On at the Honda

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Russel Heney held on to win a four person playoff on the first extra hole to collect his second career victory at The Honda Classic this weekend. There was plenty of twists and turns on the last nine of the day, missed putts, balls in the water and top players sputtering like a car on bad gas.  Henley joined Rory McIilroy, Russell Knox, and fellow American Ryan Palmer in the playoff.

Ryan Palmer bogeyed #16 and #18 and is kicking himself for not winning outright.  McIlroy was leading after all three rounds but made two bogeys and a double on his final nine.  Rory did hit one of the best shots this year with his approach to the last hole.  That fairway wood from 245 yards landed soft and was the closest to the pin in two shots that anyone had hit all week.  Rory needed it as he two putted to get into the playoff.  Knox made double on #14 and couldn’t scrape together a birdie on the final holes to grab the victory.  Henley made two bogeys and a double on his final nine but found a way to par the last three holes to get to the 7th playoff in Honda history.  Russel Henry made made birdie on the first playoff hole, the par 5 549 yard 18th to claim his second career win.  Now he joins the likes of Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed with two career victories under the age of 25.  Quite impressive!

I turned on the telecast only to get the news about Tiger Woods walking off as he suffered back spasms again.  I don’t know what to make of this.  He shot 65 on Saturday.  Sunday he made four bogeys and a double on his front nine.  Maybe he should travel with a sleep number mattress!

Kudos to Paula Creamer who sank a 75 foot putt on the second playoff hole to win the HSBC event in Singapore this weekend.  Her reaction was priceless.

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