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J.J. Henry continues to make the most of the back nine at Montreux G&CC, collecting 27 of his 36 points on the inward nine through 54 holes. What will he do as he tees off in the final round? If it’s anything like the first few days, he should be able to collect his first win since 2006.
Henry leads the field with three eagles through 54 holes after making holing a pitch shot from just off the green at the 308-yard par-4 14th on Saturday. It was the second time this week Henry jarred one from the fairway (the other came in the first round at the 423-yard par-4 12th, his third hole of the day, with a 9-iron from 167 yards).
Henry entered the week ranked 126 th on the PGA TOUR in total eagles with only three in his first 24 events.
The only other time Henry has held a 54-hole lead? The 2006 Travelers, where he went on to record his first and only career win.
He has a solid track record here, too, with three career top 10s, including a tie for third in 2002, in seven starts.
Should Henry go on to win, he would earn a spot in next week’s PGA Championship.
Chasing Henry is Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha, who is three points back.
Rocha is in position for his career-best finish on the PGA TOUR. Entering the Reno-Tahoe Open, Rocha’s best result in 41 TOUR events was a tie for 20th at the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
Should he go on to win, Rocha would become the first player born outside of the United States to win in the 14-year history of the Reno-Tahoe Open. Rocha would also become the first player from Brazil to win on TOUR.