Russell Henley

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Russell Henley
Personal information
Born (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 28)
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.[1]
College University of Georgia
Turned professional 2011
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3 Tour 3
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T11: 2017
U.S. Open T16: 2010
The Open Championship T20: 2015
PGA Championship T12: 2015
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 2010

Russell Henley (born April 12, 1989) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Macon, Georgia, Henley played college golf for four years at the University of Georgia in Athens.[2] He won the 2010 Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer and played in the U.S. Open and tied for the low amateur (with Scott Langley). He also played in two Nationwide Tour events in 2010: the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational and the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA.[3]

In 2011, Henley won the Stadion Classic at UGA on the Nationwide Tour, only the second amateur to win on that tour; Daniel Summerhays was the first in 2007. The tournament was played on the University of Georgia's home course.[4] Henley represented the U.S. that year at the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup competitions.

Professional career[edit]

Henley made his professional debut at the Nationwide Tour's Soboba Golf Classic in September 2011. A year later, he won the Chiquita Classic, defeating Patrick Cantlay and Morgan Hoffmann in a playoff. In October 2012, he won his second title of the year at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open. On the 72nd hole, he made 25 ft (7.6 m) putt for birdie to force playoff against B.J. Staten. He made par on the first playoff hole to earn the win. He graduated from the Tour (formerly the Nationwide Tour), to the PGA Tour, by finishing third on the money list in 2012.

PGA Tour[edit]

Henley became the first PGA Tour rookie to win his debut in 12 years with a record-setting performance at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January 2013. He finished at 256 (–24), breaking the Sony Open scoring record by four shots. It was the second-lowest score for a 72-hole tournament in PGA Tour history, two shots behind Tommy Armour III at the Valero Texas Open in 2003.[5] The win gave Henley an invitation to the Masters and the PGA Championship.[6]

Henley won his second PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic in Florida in March 2014. In difficult conditions on Sunday, Henley shot a two-over-par round of 72 to make it into a four-man playoff with Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy, and Ryan Palmer. At the first playoff hole, the par-five 18th, Henley was the only one of the four players to find the green in two. Knox, McIlroy and Palmer all failed to get down in two, leaving Henley to hole from three feet for victory. He climbed into the world's top 50 as a result of this win and qualified for the upcoming Masters.[7][8]

In April 2017, Henley won his third tour event at the Shell Houston Open in Texas. He started the round four strokes behind 54-hole leader Kang Sung-hoon. Henley shot a final round 65 (−7), which included ten birdies and a double-bogey (ninth hole), to win by three shots over runner-up Kang. With the win, he secured the final spot in the next week's Masters and also a spot into the PGA Championship in August.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Jan 13, 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii 63-63-67-63=256 −24 3 strokes South Africa Tim Clark
2 Mar 2, 2014 Honda Classic 64-68-68-72=272 −8 Playoff Scotland Russell Knox, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States Ryan Palmer
3 Apr 2, 2017 Shell Houston Open 67-67-69-65=268 −20 3 strokes South Korea Kang Sung-hoon

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2014 Honda Classic Scotland Russell Knox, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States Ryan Palmer Won with birdie on first extra hole Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 May 8, 2011 Stadion Classic at UGA
(as an amateur)
72-66-66-68=272 −12 2 strokes United States Troy Kelly
2 Sep 30, 2012 Chiquita Classic 66-65-65-70=266 −22 Playoff United States Patrick Cantlay, United States Morgan Hoffmann
3 Oct 21, 2012 Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open 66-70-69-65=270 −10 Playoff United States B. J. Staten

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT T31 21 DNP T11
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T73 CUT T20 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT T12 T22

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 6 17 10
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (four times, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 2015
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 DNP T34
Cadillac Championship T28 T47 T56
Bridgestone Invitational T27 T41 T17
HSBC Champions DNP T35 DNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Q&A with Russell Henley: Charleston PGA rookie prepares for his first Masters". The Post and Courier. April 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Russell Henley profile". University of Georgia. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Russell Henley profile". ESPN. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Amateur Henley holds on at home-course Stadion Classic". PGA Tour. May 8, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Russell Henley wins PGA Tour debut". ESPN. Associated Press. January 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Russell Henley, with a smashing debut, wins rookie debut on PGA Tour at Sony Open". The Washington Post. Associated Press. January 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Week 9: Russell Henley Survives four way play off moving inside the world Top 50". OWGR. March 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Russell Henley wins playoff at Honda". ESPN. Associated Press. March 3, 2014. 

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