Henley rallies to win Houston Open, trip to Masters

After starting the third round seven strokes back of leader Sung Kang, Fowler charged to a share of the lead, going eight under through 14 holes. He appeared to get a slight reprieve Saturday when Fowler fell back with a four-putt double bogey on the 18th hole of the third round. On the par-3 14th, Henley rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the fast greens, cut to try to mimic what players will face at Augusta National.

Henley shot a sizzling 7-under-par 65 in the final round to finish at 20-under-par, rolling past Kang and capturing the title in Bayou City, with the round contested in sporadic rain on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston.

"I was playing very hard today", Kang said.

"I felt great there a year ago and didn't swing great and that's what happens", he said.

"He's been putting really well since yesterday and the last few days, and then I haven't been putting really well, not like the first two rounds".

After the opening double bogey, he rebounded with birdies on Nos.

"So far, I would say under", Fowler replied.

Like South Korean Kang, Baddeley must win the PGA event to secure a place at next week's Masters. "I'll keep grinding out and working out and hopefully I can get a chance in the next time for myself". "I don't have to play my best golf around here to get it around the golf course and still find a way to score. I need to be up by more to be comfortable.' I feel like that was kind of the mentality".

Still, after shooting a one-under 71, he heads into the final round at 17 under.

"When you embrace the challenge, it calms you down a little bit". In his second-round 73, he had four more bogeys but he did have three birdies, finishing his round with birdies on Nos.

Durant made four birdies on the back nine in warm and sunny conditions to finish just ahead of defending tournament champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Hoch, Lee Janzen and Jay Haas, who are all tied for second after shooting a 67.

"I heard a lot of noise in front of us, so I was like, 'Oh, I know something big is going on up there, '" Kang said of Fowler's rally.

  • Julie Sanders