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Henley Gets His Most Impressive Tour Win Yet

Just kidding!


Just to prove that was a PGA Tour event, here is video of Henley birdieing No. 14 in Round 4 of Sony Open, a PGA Tour event even if it didn't really seem like one (other than Dan and Johnny in the booth).

Henley has a knack for winning, writes Sean Martin.

Henley’s victory was his fourth in 34 combined starts on the PGA Tour and Tour. He won on the Tour as an amateur in 2011 and won twice on that circuit last year to earn his PGA Tour card.

The most amazing stat from the week was Tweeted by Dave Shedloski:

This works anywhere: Russell Henley had 33 one-putt greens this week.

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Reader Comments (17)

Tim Clark birdied 4 of the last 5 and lost a shot because Henley birdied all of 'em!!

Nice going Russell.

Both Johnson's WD'd, Zach is committed to The Hope and DJ is committed to Torrey, be interesting to see who shows up....
01.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Lotta young hungries out there who can play now! Can not wait to see them all kick the crap outta the long belly anchoreds!
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Let's not crown him quite yet. Although he had a fantastic tournament this past weekend let us see a few more.
We all have had bursts of excellence at some time only to revert back to our regular game.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Him? Its a group of them and like a shark feeding fenzy they now see chum in the water (thanks to him) until a real field shows up. Interesting that its lesser knowns on the big stage versus Cantlay or Uihlein. I also hope someone has told these young guns to stay away from twitter and concentrate on making news and noise between the ropes only!
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Nobody's crowning anybody just yet Stanley, however winning a PGA tour event is more than your average burst of excellence.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
And to show that the more things change the more they remain the same on the PGA Tour...... rumored attendance drawing card JD finished DFL of those making the cut. Only surprise is that he didn't WD after his 3rd round 79.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
This was a good field, an international brand sponsor, and a like golf course by the vets, and Geoff, you show no respect? I don't get your drift. This was an exciting tournament to watch, and my only dissapointment was Langley not keeping up. Henley's putting was amazing, even knowing these are easy greens to read.

Daly got hurt on Sat. and had a double, triple, etc run coming in, a 45 on the back 9, and that did him in. He had a very large following.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
i don't understand discounting this win?

style points for shooting 63 3xs, Sunday's round in particular, was sad to see Langley chunking those shots

hopefully DJ just has a flu and not a serious STD from his "well traveled" companion
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUmp
Double-bogey, Geoff. Maybe a triple.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Matre
Have to agree with above comments. This was a competitive event played on a classic course with a fine mix of young talent and some tour vets. Frankly...a pretty insulting comment from Mr. Shackleford.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D

Zach J. didn't WD, He missed the cut. Trust me, I know, I had him in my fantasy pool. :(
01.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
I love Johnny Miller...but even I was surprised he did not bring up a certain final round 63 at Oakmont to win the US Open...the restraint he had to have when this kid posted three 63's and Clark posting 63 on the last day too.
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOdd Job
This is the young man who asked a teenager in the gallery to caddie for him in a practice round at the Open won by GMac, and he just set a record for an established event in his first start as a regular TOUR member. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Go Dawgs!
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Starting the last week of last September in his last 5 events Henley has gone 1st, 3rd, 1st, T6, 1st. I know I've never had a "burst" like that. Nobody I know has come remotely close to a "burst" like that. In that 5 tournament stretch he's 73-under par! I can only think of a few players that have ever had a "burst" like that... Lets not forget that he had a 9-week break between his last 2012 event and the Hawaiin Open, this rules out a bandaid type swing fix that created an extremely hot streak but only for the short run.

OWGR, you may not like him but Daly made the cut and drew the largest galleries, and finished all 72 holes -- from the perspective of the sponsor John Daly exceeded expectations!
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
dbh, good catch. I knew Zach had the flu and he withdrew from the pro-am, guess I just got it all confused! Good luck in the league, who else is on your team? Were you reluctant to pick DJ for fear that bad back might flare up again?
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
@DTF..... So by making the cut and actually finishing 72 holes Daly exceeds expectations. LMAO. Can the bar for him be set any lower? With JD I'm sure it can.....As for disliking Daly.... No. As I don't actually know him I can't make that call however....

As I've posted here before concerning Daly.... In spite of all the bridges he has burned if he was really that big of a draw to this day on the PGA Tour today and in theory made that much of a positive financial difference in an events bottom line when he plays then PGA Tour sponsors should fall all over themselves to give him exemptions. They don't.

The quote I've used before is that if Daly draws such big crowds all the time why do his fans seem to appear to be disguised as empty golf course? Just saying.

On the other hand I see that Daly blamed hitting a rock on Saturday for his most recent "injury". Seems every time he plays bad now it's due to injury. Since he supposedly hit a rock on the course with a swing and hurt himself I wonder if he will consider filing suit against the event as he threatened to do against the Honda Classic and by proxy the Nicklaus family charity a few years back? ;-)
01.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
By my count Daly played 13 PGA Tour events in 2012. I guess it's possible he got into a couple on past champion status but that leaves 10 or more on sponsor invites. Given his checkered past I'd say relatively speaking sponsors are extending a disproportionate number of invites to John. Can you name a player who has gotten more invites in the last year? 2 years? 4 years?

From the perspective of a sponsor here is a set of possible outcomes from extending an invite:

(i) John wins (big draw all week)
(ii) contends all week, finishes top-10 (big draw all week)
(iii) makes cut, finishes "DFL" of those who make cut but plays all 72 (very very nice draw all week)
(iv) makes cut, shoots 85 in round 3 and withdraws (darn good draw while it lasted)
(v) misses cut by 1 (good weekday draw)
(vi) storms off course after 27 at 9-over, never seen again in River City (brought out some fans but a little bit of a black eye)

So what percentages would you place on each of those outcomes? We could agree that the first two options are extremely low odds, right? A person would have to be a fool to really expect a win or a top-10, right?

This would lead me to conclude that any rational thinking sponsor would have expectations falling somewhere in the spectrum of options three through six.

Given those choices, yes, since options four through six are generally the likely outcome, option three would be considered a definitive success and exceeds sponsor expectations.

Again, you may not like him, but he brings out tons of people and the proof is in all the invites -- nobody gets more and it is the ONLY reason they are extended to John Daly.
01.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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