Henley books Masters spot after three-stroke win in Texas

Posted April 05, 2017

American Russell Henley secured the final place at this week's Masters after claiming a three-shot victory over South Korea's Sung Kang at the Houston Open.

Henley started the final round four shots behind and caught up to Sung Kang with five birdies in eighth holes.

But a double bogey on the tough par-3 ninth hole, on which he found the bunker off the tee and needed three putts to finish the hole once on the putting surface, dropped Henley a stroke behind the Kang, who bogeyed the hole but regained the lead.

Kang, who was only one under for the weekend after beginning the tournament with rounds of 65 and 63, is still seeking his first PGA Tour win.

Russell Henley has come close to winning Shell Houston Open before but couldn't close the deal.

"It gives me chills", Henley, 27, said.

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"I made 10 birdies today?"

Kang had two birdies on the front nine, but swiftly handed the shot back with bogeys on both occasions and could only par his way in after the turn.

Henley was dynamic in Sunday's round, starting the day with five birdies in his first eight holes.

Rickie Fowler and Luke List tied for third on 16 under, with English pair Justin Rose and Andy Sullivan the leading British challenge on seven under after matching closing rounds of 70.

The win means that Henley will play at the Masters next week.

The threat turned out to be Henley, one of the best putters in golf when he gets it going. Getting the win at Honda, and the work we've been able to put in. yeah, I'm ready for a fun ride coming in. "Obviously, yeah, I would have like to have gotten off to a better start". He never went more than two holes without a birdie. "I'll keep grinding out and working out and hopefully I can get a chance in the next time for myself".