GREENSBORO, N.C. — Russell Henley is turning back the clock – just a bit, to 2021.
That was the year he raced out of the gate with a 62 and 64 to grab the 36-hole lead, but he sputtered on Sunday and missed out on a six-man playoff. This week, he posted another 62 in the opening round and followed it up on Friday with a 66 at Sedgefield Country Club to grab a one-stroke lead over Billy Horschel at the midway point of the regular-season finale.
Henley’s goal is to avoid as Yogi Berra once said, déjà vu all over again. In other words, don’t fold like the Sunday paper on Sunday.
“I was in control of the tournament. Had a couple three-putts, missed a couple short ones and a couple bad swings on the back and missed out on the playoff by one shot. Definitely stings to kind of lose it right there because I played so well the first however many holes, 60 holes,” Henley said of blowing the lead here in 2021. “But again, you know, it’s why I’ve got to play all 72 holes. It’s just hard to do, hard to finish it off, but I’m excited hopefully for another good weekend.”
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