August 3 2012
Interview: J.J. Henry
Following his second-round 12, J.J. Henry addresses the media to discuss his play at the 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open.
After missing six of his first seven cuts this season, J.J. Henry seems to have found his rhythm the second half of the year -- especially in his last three starts with a tie for 13th, tie for 21st and a tie for 37th.
Friday, he continued that trend with five birdies and an eagle on his way to a dozen points in the second round of the Reno-Tahoe Open. Through two round, he has 22 points and has a share of the early lead with John Mallinger at Montreux G&CC, where the Modified Stableford scoring system is being used.
“It's all about controlling the distance out here,” Henry said. “If you control your distances, you're going to have some pretty good spots.
“I think this is a great golf course for this format. I'm so glad the tournament decided to go this route. The fact that you're at altitude and there is a lot of risk/reward, I think it sets up for a lot of excitement both for the players and fans.”
As such, Henry has had to change his approach -- being more aggressive doesn’t necessarily hurt a player since there’s more of a premium on birdies and eagles.
Still, it’s all about posting a number and Henry has been able to do that more often than not, at least lately.
“You're still trying to hit the ball on the fairway and hit a lot of greens and make an occasional birdie,” he said. “That's kind of what I've done the first couple days.”