Henley, the world’s No. 121 golfer, earned five more strokes in the penultimate round, to top the group with -15 points and a three-stroke lead at the PGA Tour event with a $ 9.75 million prize fund.
At Shadow Creek, par72, Henley joined from hole 1. At that time, he was four strokes behind Xander Schauffele who was at the top of the table with -14 and Tyrrell Hatton -13. All three belong to the last starting group.
Henley started to close the gap with a birdie on hole 7, par5, while Hatton bogey and Schauffele kept par. This hole, Henley deflected into the rough on the right, then ran another 221 yards but the ball hit the bunker in front of the green. Even so, the American golfer still escapes to the target’s surface and latches the hole from a distance of more than three meters. Then, Henley’s disadvantage was narrowed down by Schauffele bogey after a green, hole 8, par3. In the second half of the round, Henley played up and his two colleagues did not flourish.
Henley continuously birdies from hole 10 to hole 12 par4. First with a 7.6 meter putt, followed by “1 on and 2 safe putts” and finally “2 on, one 1.5 meter putt”. He kept par in the remaining six holes, in which two birdies missed both par5s.
From start to finish, Henley cleared his bogey with 67 strokes. He averaged 303 yards, hit 8 of the 14 fairways and went standard green in 13 out of 18 holes.
PGA Tour in the new season on September 10. But that’s when Henley began his five weeks of relaxation. During that time, he re-trained the hole-locking technique. This week, the putt forging has been effective with 27 putts for both the opening round, the next 26 and the penultimate putts.
As a result, Henley has been continuously in the top 5 since the start of the tournament and is at the top of the hole-closing efficiency.
The player born in 1989 has owned three PGA Tour titles with his last championship at the 2017 Houston Open being four strokes behind the last round.
As for CJ Cup this weekend, Henley kept the top of the table with the same three-stroke advantage over T2 (-12) including Schauffele, Lanton Griffin, Talor Gooch and Jason Kokrak. In this group, Schauffele was “a special case” because he had been upstream in all four previous PGA Tour titles.
Hatton is in T6 (-10) with defending champions Justin Thomas and Jason Day. New major PGA Championship champion – Collin Morikawa is ninth, while T10 includes Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Sebastian Munoz and Hideki Matsuyama. In theory, all five players have the opportunity to compete for the title because they are seven strokes far behind the highest table.