Henley takes victory at Mayakoba for fourth PGA title – ST Sport Today
Russell Henley hugs his caddy after breaking a five-year winning drought
Russell Henley sealed a four-stroke victory at the World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba as he clinched his fourth PGA Tour title.
It was Henley’s first win since the 2017 Shell Houston Open, and he tied the tournament’s low scoring record – set by Viktor Hovland last season. Henley’s final aggregate of 23 under was secured with rounds 63, 63, 65 and 70 on Sunday.
He completed four shots off court, but after being bogey-free for his first 58 holes, Henley’s first error for the week came with a six in his par-five fifth, adding another bogey at 16 to go with his three birdies.
Speaking to NBC after stepping off the last green at the event in Mexico, Henley said he was guided by experience from previous occasions where he had not been able to turn a 54-hole lead into a win.
“Just trying to learn from my past, and my mistakes,” he said. “That’s what I took from the last two events of the season – what I did wrong, and how I can get better with it.
“All the events I haven’t covered [the five times he’s led 54 holes and didn’t win], it hurts. You don’t know if you’ll be able to win another, it’s very difficult. here.
“To go down 18 with a four-shot lead, that’s really cool. I don’t even know what to say. I was so nervous this weekend, I slept the lead on both nights – I never slept with six strokes. lead shot.
“You just don’t feel the same way when you’re training at home, you can’t create the environment you get here when you’re leading on PGA Tour events.
“I guess every time I didn’t finish it, I learned from it, and here we are.”
Alone in second place at 19 under was Brian Harman, who posted rounds of 66, 66, 67 and 66 in a very consistent week including Friday’s hole-in-one.
Scottie Scheffler was two strokes better than anyone in his last run around El Camaleon Golf Club, firing a nine under 62 to fly up the leaderboard to draw for third in 18 under.
Joining Scheffler at the age of 18 are fellow Americans Joel Dahmen, Troy Merritt and Will Gordon, as well as last week’s Bermuda Championship winner, Ireland’s Seamus Power.
Sweden’s David Lingmerth joins Sam Ryder at 17 under in the series for eighth, while consecutive reigning champions of the event Hovland are one behind, tied for 10th.
Collin Morikawa finished the week at 15 under, and former world number one Jason Day joined former Masters champion Danny Willett at 14 under.