Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Russell Henley He finally made a bogey, and that’s all that went wrong for him on Sunday as he finished with a 1-under-70 for a four-shot win at the World Wide Technology Championships in Mayakoba.
Henley, who bet a six-shot lead in the final round at El Camaleon, cut the lead to three when he missed a 5-foot shot on the fifth hole.
He answered with three sparrows in a row, and no one came close to four shots the rest of the way.
Henley won for the fourth time on the PGA Tour, and the first time since the Houston Open five years ago.
The previous five times, Henley had at least had a 54-hole share of the lead, but failed to convert the win. The most recent was the Sony Open in January, when Hideki Matsuyama He made a deficit with two shots and beat him in a playoff match.
“I just tried to learn from my past and my mistakes,” said Henley, smiling. “All those events that I didn’t finish, it hurt. You never know if you’re going to win another. It was really cool to come down 18 by four shots.”
Henley finished 23 under 261 to equal the championship record. He made it to the final round as the only player who hadn’t made a bogey all week.
Brian Harman She closed in with 66 to finish alone in second place, while the group five behind her included the Masters champion Scotty Scheffler And the Sheamus’ power of Ireland, who was posting a victory last week in Bermuda.
Schaeffler lost the first place it had held since March when Rory McIlroy He won the CJ Cup two weeks ago. Schaeffler closed in with 62 at Mayakoba, which left him with a good chance of reclaiming the top spot next week at the Houston Open.
McIlroy will not play again until the DP World Championships in Dubai.
Power hit 68, tie for third with Scheffler, Joel DahminAnd the Troy Merritt And the Will Gordon He put the Irish on top of the FedEx Cup standings and moved him to 29th in the world, his highest rating ever.
Henley has moved up to No. 33 in the world and is sure to return to the Masters. The last time, he didn’t secure a place at the Augusta National until he moved into the top 50 a week before the Masters.
Henley lost his lead by three shots at the Wyndham Championship in 2021 and the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in 2020. The other times he was either chainsaw or chained by one or two bullets, which isn’t a huge lead on the PGA Tour.
This was a six-shot margin, and it’s rare that no one wins from there. This did not make it easier.
“It’s tough,” Henley said. “I don’t sleep well when going forward. I need more training.” “I have no idea how Tiger has performed that 80. It’s hard for me just to kind of calm down. You definitely don’t feel the same way you do when you’re training at home, but that’s the fun of it. Why play.”
“We want to see what we’ve made here and get tested under pressure.”
The victory also sends Henley to Kapalua in January for the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first high-profile event in a new year from the big purses.