August 5 2012
It took J.J. Henry 144 starts to get his first career victory on the PGA TOUR.
Sunday, after a winless drought of 177 events, he got his second.
“I'll take it,” said Henry, who earned seven points under the Modified Stableford scoring in the final round of the Reno-Tahoe Open. “I hope I don’t have to wait another 176 starts.”
Henry, who ended the week with 43 points, held off Alexandre Rocha by one. With the victory, Henry earned 250 FedExCup points and earned a spot in next week’s PGA Championship.
The one-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member now hopes it sparks something in the second half of his career.
“I'm a little bit of a different time in my life with family. I'm 37. I've been out here 12 years,” Henry said. “For whatever reason I couldn't quite get over the hump and win like I did in 2006, and I made the Ryder Cup team that year, and I really felt like that would be kind of that turning stone for me, if you will, to really kind of jump me into that upper echelon, and for whatever reason it didn't happen. I continued to work hard; I play a lot of tournaments. Again, I'm grateful for the opportunity to play golf for a living. I've got great support, family and friends; and I couldn't be happier right now.”
One other member of Henry’s family who will be happy: His 3-year-old son.
“He goes, ‘Daddy, bring home trophy.’ And that's really all I thought about out there those last couple holes,” Henry said. “And I said it out there on the green, I'm coming home tomorrow with a trophy.”