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Russell Henley Wins Shell Houston Open and Spot in Masters With Birdie Blitz

Russell Henley started the final round of the Shell Houston Open four shots off the lead. Little did anyone know he would turn in a fantastic seven-under 65 for the win.

Henley dominated the course on Sunday with an onslaught of 10 birdies, five each on the front and back nine. While he did have a double-bogey on No. 9 and a bogey on No. 18, his otherwise masterful performance earned him a trip to Augusta.

“I wasn’t expecting to go back to Augusta,” Henley said about The Masters. “I was planning on not going, but I was going to try my best to win. So, the fact I get to go back is pretty cool and I’m excited. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

Now the third player ever to punch his ticket to The Masters with a Shell Houston Open victory, Henley tied Sung Kang by the 13th and overtook him by three shots after the 15th.

The finish is certainly disappointing for Kang who has never won on the PGA Tour. Being in the lead heading into the final round was also the first time he was ever in that position. Kang didn’t exactly have a disastrous day, but his even 72 was not good enough to withstand Henley’s surge.

“This week is going to be very memorable for me,” Kang said. “I played really solid the first few rounds and then it shifted for two rounds. I’ll keep grinding out and working out and hopefully, I can get a chance next time.”

Rickie Fowler made a lot of noise on Saturday with his strong Round 3, but a double-bogey on No. 2 followed up by a bogey on No. 4 all but took him out of contention early on Sunday.

*Shot of the Day From Angel Cabrera*


Written by BP Staff


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