Henley books Masters spot after three-stroke win in Texas
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 15:35
Russell Henley with the trophy after winning the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas April 2, 2017.
Rickie Fowler and Luke List shared third at 16 under.
The leader heading into Sunday, Sung-hoon Kang, shot an even par 72 and finished three shots back in second place.
Henley began the day four shots off Kang's lead. Fowler was T1 for the week in birdies with 27, and T4 in bogeys (5), but ate three doubles, which was 68th (of 70). "I've been trying not to think about it today but obviously it went through my head".
Henley added one more birdie before a finishing bogey that made no difference as Kang was unable to find a birdie on the back nine.
However, he responded with a birdie from 14 feet on the next and again reeled off three successive birdies from the 13th, before registering a 10th gain of the day on the 17th.
The tournament still appeared Kang's to lose as players teed off in groups of three, from two tees early on Sunday, due to a threatening weather forecast.
"It's unfortunate but we've put ourself in position to win so. can't really dwell on the last two holes".
The popular Fowler delighted his overflowing gallery by picking up eight birdies in the first 14 holes, including a monster 50-footer that he drained at the seventh hole. It is his best at the SHO in six tries and third top 10, and fourth top 10 of the season (seven starts) and fifth straight top 20, highlighted by his fourth TOUR title at the Honda.
Argentine veteran Angel Cabrera was never in contention, but he delivered the spectacle of the day with his hole in one on the 226-yard ninth hole, his last of the day.