May 20 2012
Watch: Henry's long birdie putt
J.J. Henry drained a 32-foot birdie putt at the 15th on Sunday.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- J.J. Henry couldn't have asked for much more. An ace at the par-3 fifth that put him in the lead. A string of pars in the middle of his round. A couple of birdies down the stretch.
The local favorite, a resident of Fort Worth, had his cheering section and was closing in on his second PGA TOUR win. Until disaster struck.
He airmailed a 7-iron over the green at the par-3 17th, then three-putted from 27 feet. Having stood on the 17th tee with a one-shot lead, Henry was now behind, and would eventually finish in a four-way tie for third, two strokes behind Jason Dufner.
"Obviously it's disappointing," Henry said. "I played great all day, and to be honest thought I had a great shot on 17. I hit the line exactly where I tried to, and it carried about 6 or 7 yards too far.
"It's disappointing but that's golf. You take the good with the bad."
When it was good for Henry on Sunday, well, it was very good. He used a wedge at the fifth hole to record his second hole-in-one of the year and third in his career. ( Click to watch )
"It just kind of landed downwind past the hole and trickle, trickle, and we saw it disappear and everyone went nuts," Henry said. "It was a great start to the day."
But not a great finish.
"It's tough to be that close and to have it within your grasp with two holes left to play," Henry said. "But you know, we will take the positives and go and hopefully carry it over next week at Colonial."