Russell Henley secured his fourth PGA TOUR title and first since 2017 after cruising to a 1-under 70 to win by four shots at the World Wide Technology Championship.
The 33-year-old shot rounds of 63-63-65 at El Camaleón Golf Club at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico, creating a six shot lead entering the final round on Sunday. This lead was cut down to four shots after World No. 2, Scottie Scheffler, hit a birdie on the 18th. Then the lead was further cut down to three after he bogeyed on the fifth, his first of the week.
However, the Georgia native, rebuilt his lead back up to four and secured the victory after birdieing the following three holes. His finish of 23-under matches the all-time tournament record
This victory is Henley first since the 2017 Houston Open and secures his PGA Tour future through the 2025 season as well as guarantees him spots in the The Players Championship, The Masters, the US PGA Championship and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Learning from the Past
Speaking to the Golf Channel following his triumph, Henley said: “I just tried to learn from my past and my screw-ups.
“All of those events I didn’t close, they hurt and you don’t know if you’ll ever get to win another one, it’s so hard out here.
“To come down 18 with a four-shot lead it was really cool.”
This tournament presented a chance for Scottie Scheffler to reclaim the World No. 1 spot off of Rory McIlroy. Victory or a solo second finish would have been enough, however, Scheffler could only muster a tie for third, finishing alongside Joel Dahmen, Troy Merritt, Will Gordon and last week’s Butterfield Bermuda winner, Seamus Power on 18-under.
The PGA Tour next heads to Texas for the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.