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Russell Henley

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185

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Russell Henley is prepping for becoming a father in the next few weeks but first, he'll turn his attention to Augusta National Golf Club for this week's Masters Tournament. UPDATE: Henley and his wife, Teil, welcomed their son (Robert) into the world on Monday night.
The Georgia Bulldog stormed the Golf Club of Houston on Sunday to backdoor a top 10 while playing the role of defending champ. Before the start of that event he shared the news on his upcoming plans, "He's due April 15th and I'm excited to meet him." when asked about the baby on the way for him and his wife. That does leave the door open for a potential mid-tournament WD this week, if the baby arrives early. However, if the baby sticks to the due date, Henley will be fine and he will have a chance to improve for a fifth straight year at Augusta National. After an MC on debut, he's returned to post finishes of T31-21-T11. If he manages to maintain that trend of improving returns then he'll have nowhere to go except for the top 10. Apr 3 - 8:40 AM

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Defending champ and World No. 56 Russell Henley fired a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round of the Houston Open to conclude on 13-under 275, up 41 places on the live leaderboard to T7 and good for the low round of the day thus far. UPDATE: With play completed, Henley's 65 was the low round and he finished T8.

Henley shot this same score -- also the day's low -- out of the final group last year to come from four back and win by three on 20-under. The win, his third, ended a 37-month drought and punched his ticket to Augusta. The Georgia alum's card showed a career-best 10 birdies against one bogey and one double, and rode that to a T11 at the Masters, a still-career-best in a now 20 major events. This year, he posted rounds of 69-71-70-65 and is on the verge of a fifth straight top 10 in six appearances. For the week, the 28-year-old totaled 21 birdies versus six bogeys and one double; eight circles, one square in the finale. He'll head to the Masters for a fifth visit where he's posted two straight top 25s. Henley and his wife are expecting a baby on April 15th, two weeks from today.
Apr 1 - 3:33 PM

Russell Henley has feasted on the Golf Club of Houston over the years and returns this week for a chance to defend his title at the Houston Open.

The Georgia Bulldog circled 27 birdies last year en route to a three-shot victory at this event. It was a good all-around performance but the putter was the clear weapon of choice. By week's end, he gained 12.5 strokes putting over the field, splashing home 541'10" worth of putts along the way. Success at this venue is nothing new for Henley who entered last year with three straight top 7s already on his Houston resume. His form is not quite as steady this time around (3 top 25s on the season instead of 6 before last year's win) but it's hard to ignore this kind of elite course history. Gamers should consider him in all formats this week but also be careful not to overpay based on history alone.
Mar 27 - 12:22 PM

Past champ and World No. 55 Russell Henley pieced together an even-par 33-37=70 in the second round of The Honda Classic to post 2-under 138, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T5, one shy of early clubhouse leader Luke List. UPDATE: With play completed, Henley is T3, one short of co-leaders List and Jamie Lovemark, and will play out of the penultimate twosome in R3.

The Georgia alum was solo 2nd thru 36 holes (on 10-under) when he won here in 2014, his second (of three) TOUR titles. He raced out today with three straight circles at holes 1-3, each from between 11 and 28 feet, but then played his final 15 holes in 3-over, overshadowing a walk-off birdie-4 (from 28 inches) with bogey-5s at 4 (3-putt from 23'10") and 12, and double bogey-5 at 17 (tee ball in the water). The 28-year-old striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, recording 1.177 SG: Off-the-Tee but -0.558 SG: Approach and -0.951 SG: Around-the-Green. He posted 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.918 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Feb 23 - 12:53 PM

Russell Henley turned on the scoring machine in round one of The Honda Classic, signing for a 2-under-par 33-35=68 which places him two off the early pacesetters at the top.

The 2014 Honda champ kicked off his day on the back nine with a bogey-birdie start. He would add back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 before dropping back-to-back shots at 16 and 17. The highlight of the round came after the turn at the par-5 third hole. It was here that he stiffed his 251-yard approach shot to 4'6" and slammed it home for an eagle. Henley walked off the course gaining 2.681 strokes approaching-the-green and picked up another 1.842 strokes with the flat stick. Since winning this event, PGA National has not been as kind to the Georgia Bulldog (T44-MC-T43) but he's off the the races this week, currently tied for a piece of eighth place.
Feb 22 - 5:48 PM

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

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