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Russell Henley

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185

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Past champ and World No. 46 Russell Henley, a pre-tourney 28/1 outright, battled to a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii but at 1-under 72-67=139, missed the cut by one stroke.
A total of 76 pros from a field of 143 pros and one amateur made the cut of 2-under 138, 14 (T63) on the number. Henley was previously 4-for-5 at the Sony with three top 20s, including his first (of three) TOUR titles at the 2013 edition during his rookie season. He arrived this week off a T17 at the Sentry TOC and ends a streak of 13 consecutive made cuts, which ranked 9th on TOUR, last missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude last June. Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 28-year-old was bogey-free 4-under thru 11 holes, added a fifth birdie at 7 and walked off with eagle-3 at 9 from 8'0", but a run of bogey, double bogey-5 and bogey at 3-5 did him in. Other notables to exit early: 139- Jamie Lovemark; 2016 champ Fabian Gomez .. 140- 2-time past champ Jimmy Walker .. 141- Sean O'Hair; Luke List; Chris Stroud; Bill Haas; Peter Uihlein .. 142- Kevin Na; Harold Varner III. Jan 12 - 11:40 PM

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Russell Henley heads back to Hawaii in hopes of adding another trophy to his resume at this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The Georgia Bulldog is often hit-or-miss for fantasy gamers but he often hits when traveling to coastal courses. That includes a win at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii and a T3 during the 2015 edition of this week's event. More recently, Henley's play is a bit middling. He's posted finishes of T25 or worse in eight of his last nine starts. Of course, there was a T3 mixed in there, coming at the Playoff-ending TOUR Championship. Henley earned his seat into the field this week with a win at the 2017 Shell Houston Open. It was his third career PGA TOUR victory and he's now made the trip to Maui after all three wins. Gamers shouldn't be surprised to see him in the top 5 (or the bottom 5) on the leaderboard by week's end.
Jan 2 - 1:21 PM

World No. 51 Russell Henley painted a day-low bogey-free 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to post 10-under 270, up six spots on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd, one back of 72-hole clubhouse leader Justin Thomas. UPDATE: With play completed, Henley finished T3, two shy of champion Xander Schauffele, and a career-best 13th in the FedExCup standings.

After kicking off in 67-71-67, the Georgia native began T9 on 5-under, seven adrift of 54-hole leader Paul Casey. Playing out of the fifth-to-last twosome, he landed 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 1.067 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.494 tee-to-green. The Georgia alum circled five, four in his first eight holes, at 1, 3, 4, 8 and 18, all five from between 10 and 25 feet. He posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 4.369 SG: Putting, needing 28 total putts. This was Henley's second appearance (12th/2014) and will be his fifth top 10 of the season in 27 starts. He's projected to pop 15 places to a career-best 12th in the FedExCup standings. It's Henley's second top 10 in 16 overall Playoffs events, joining T2 at the 2014 Deutsche Bank.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:26:00 PM

World No. 51 Russell Henley birdied his final three holes en route to a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to post 5-under 205, up six places to solo 12th with play still in progress.

After opening with 67-71, the Georgia alum began T18 on 2-under. He hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 0.241 strokes approaching-the-green, 0.747 around-the-green, and 1.020 tee-to-green. The 28-year-old squared five bogeys at holes 1, 4, 7, 11 and 15, all failed scrambles, outpaced by eagle-3 at 6 (from 4'1") and six birdies at 3, 12, 13 and 16-18, two from between 14 and 21 feet. He posted 1.300 putts per GIR and 3.161 SG: Putting with just 24 total putts. The South Carolina resident is currently No. 1 in putts per GIR with a cumulative 1.543.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 05:09:00 PM

Russell Henley was slow out of the gate but rebounded nicely to record a 3-under-par 36-31=67 during the opening round of the TOUR Championship.

The Georgia Bulldog swallowed bogeys at 1, 4, and 7 to find himself in an early 3-over hole. Two of those came on putts missed from inside six feet. Henley successfully pulled a U-turn, starting with a 10'1" birdie splash at the par-4 eighth. His approach play caught fire from there, as he set up five scoring chances from inside nine feet over his next seven holes, converting all of them for birdies. The Georgia native is looking comfortable in his home state. He started the week ranked 27th in the FedExCup race, so his chances of securing the FedExCup title is small, but that won't stop Henley from putting together his best effort, especially after a hot start.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 03:52:00 PM

Russell Henley held serve in round one of the BMW Championship, coasting to a 5-under-par 32-34=66 to position himself inside the top 10.

Henley put on a ball-striking clinic today as he pelted 16 greens in reuglation, gaining 2.897 strokes approaching-the-green. From there his flat stick was wildly inconsistent. He missed on three putts from inside six feet but also sank four putts from the 15-to-18 foot range. By round's end he was gaining just 0.697 strokes putting, thanks to the trio of short misses. If Henley keeps striking it this well then he'll be sticking around near the top of board all week. At 23rd in the FedExCup race, Henley is likely safe in terms of advancing onto next week, but he will certainly want to keep improving upon that number ahead of the TOUR Championship.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 05:01:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight leader and World No. 56 Russell Henley back-pedaled to a birdie-less 2-over-par 36-36=72 in the second round of THE NORTHERN TRUST, falling six spots to T7 on 4-under 136, two adrift of a quartet of 36-hole leaders.

The 28-year-old circled eight en route to a course-record 64 on Day 1 but didn't have any left in the tank. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.868 strokes off-the-tee and and posting a -0.824 SG: Total. The Georgia alum squared bogey-5s at 18 and 4, registering a disappointing 2.000 putts per GIR and -1.588 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. He missed a scoring try from inside of seven feet on his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th, and never had another look inside of 10 feet. Henley did make a 61-foot 10-inch par-saver from the fringe at No. 5 to avoid any further damage.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 07:45:00 PM

Russell Henley dropped in eight birdies en route to a 6-under-par 32-32=64 during round one of THE NORTHERN TRUST, good for the early clubhouse lead as the afternoon wave gets underway.

The Georgia Bulldog put on a short-game clinic today. He landed just 13 greens in regulation, but he was gaining 2.648 strokes around-the-green (two hole outs, one from 11 feet and one from just inside 81 feet) and 3.260 strokes putting at the time he signed his card. Henley sank just two putts from outside 10 feet to earn that number, it was more a case of draining everything he stood over, needing just 24 swipes with the putter on the day. If this lead holds then it will be just his second career lead/co-lead after R1 on TOUR (2015 Tournament of Champions where he'd go on to finish T3). At 19th in the FedExCup race, he's well on his way to East Lake, but a big finish would help him get closer to that coveted top-5 finishing.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 01:44:00 PM

World No. 57 Russell Henley conjured a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic to wrap on 11-under 269, good for a two-way T5, three shy of champion Xander Schauffele, who shot 67.

After kicking off in 68-64-68, the 28-year-old began T5 on 10-under, four back of 54-hole leader Sebastian Munoz. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he conjured seven (of 14) fairways and a week-low 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.981 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.027 tee-to-green. The Georgia alum outpaced bogey-5s at holes 2 (3-putt from 30'4") and 10, with circles at 5, 12 and 16, all from inside of 11 feet. He posted a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.162 SG: Putting, taking 27 total putts. This is his third cash at the Greenbrier in three tries and second straight 5th-place finish (5th/2015). It's Henley's ninth top 25 of the season in 20 starts, fourth top 10 and second top 5 (Win, Shell Houston Open).
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 07:59:00 PM

World No. 57 Russell Henley navigated a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic to reach 10-under 200, down one place to T5, four short of 54-hole leader Sebastian Munoz.

The 28-year-old was bogey-free 4-under thru 15 holes before back-to-back bogeys at 16 (tee ball in the water) and 17, 3-jacking the par-5 17th from 39'3" and whiffing his par putt from 36 inches. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, losing 1.075 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.074 approaching-the-green. The Georgia alum's circles came at Nos. 1, 7, 12 and 14, two from between and 10 and 15 feet, recording 1.769 putts per GIR and 1.310 SG: Putting. Of the 10 players that reside in the top 10 thru 54 holes, he's the only player to win in 2017, winning the Shell Houston Open nine starts ago. At the SHO, Henley came from four back with 7-under 65 to beat 54-hole leader Sung Kang by three.
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 06:41:00 PM

World No. 57 Russell Henley painted a 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic to post 8-under 132, up 21 places on the live leaderboard to T4 and tying the low round of the day with Jamie Lovemark, James Hahn and Nick Watney.

The 28-year-old finds himself four back of 36-hole leader Sebastian Munoz after a stellar showing on Day 2, which was just one off a career low of 63, which he's shot six times, including once this season. On 12 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, the Georgia alum squared a lone bogey-4 at three (3-putt from 84'6"), camouflaged by seven birdies at Nos. 2, 6, 7, 9, 12, 16 and 17. He gained 2.267 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.349 on-the-green, needing 29 total putts. Henley's split featured three conversions from between eight and 23 feet, posting 1.688 putts per GIR. This is his third Greenbrier with finishes of T30 in 2013 and T5 in 2015 (70-66-69-63).
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 06:09:00 PM

Russell Henley blitzed TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm with a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the Quick Loans National, throwing his name into contention early in the week.

Henley fired of the gate on the back nine to setup birdie looks from inside 20 feet on six of his opening seven holes. He would convert once from 16'6" (par-5 10th) and then again from 9'2" (par-4 13th). The ball-striking slowed from there, but the Georgia Bulldog still manage to keep a clean card thanks to a 7-for-7 scrambling effort. Henley arrived fresh off a T27 in his latest start, the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. A disappointing Sunday makes that result look much more quiet than it actually was, as Henley entered the finale in a share of seventh place. After a little mini-slump during May and the first part of June, Henley appears to be rounding back into form.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 01:31:00 PM

World No. 57 Russell Henley twirled a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 on Moving Day at the 117th U.S. Open to post 8-under 208, up 14 spots on the live leaderboard to T5, three shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Justin Thomas.

This is the 28-year-old's sixth U.S. Open with one previous top 25, a T16 in 2010 (Pebble Beach) while still an amateur. It's his 18th overall major appearance with six prior top 25s, including a best of T11 at this year's Masters. The Georgia alum, winner of this season's Shell Houston Open, kicked off in 71-70 and is getting progressively better as the week goes on. His 67 today featured five birdies on 11 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, and is the only blemish-free lap of the day thus far. Henley opened with seven straight pars and then ticked Nos. 8, 10, 13, 15 and 18, walking off with a 17-footer for birdie-4.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 06:15:00 PM

Russell Henley coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the RBC Heritage, finding himself just one stroke off the early pacesetter Luke Donald. UPDATE: Donald would later get passed by Bud Cauley who shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63, placing Henley three off the pace.

The Georgia Bulldog entered the week fresh off a WIN and T11 over the last two weeks. It could have been forgiven if he showed a bit of fatigue this week, but that's not the case so far as he split 10 (of 14) fairways today and then landed 13 greens in regulation. Henley was smooth with the putter, as well, draining a 29'8" birdie bomb early in his round at the par-4 13th and then adding three more putts from the 6-to-9 foot range before his round was over. After the round he cited a lightened workload in terms of tournament prep this week to explain his lack of fatigue, opting for rest instead. Gamers should continue to ride this hot streak while it lasts. There are currently no holes in his game.
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 01:00:00 PM

World No. 61 Russell Henley submitted a 3-under-par 34-35=69 after the final round of the 81st Masters to finish up on 1-under 287, up eight spots to T13 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Henley finished T11, assuring himself a return trip next year, and posts a new career best in majors.

The 27-year-old, who celebrates his birthday in three days, was the final invitee to this week's festivities, claiming the "win and you're in" moniker with a come-from-behind victory at last week's Shell Houston Open. This was his fourth appearance and he's gotten better each time with a previous-best 21st place in 2015. It was the Georgia alum's 17th overall major appearance and is right on his previous-best mark of T12 at the 2015 PGA Championship (Whistling Straits). He posted rounds of 71-76-71-69, carding 12 birdies versus 13 bogeys, adding one eagle, a hole-out 2 at the par-4 fifth today from 185 yards away.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 05:10:00 PM