Henley takes 1-shot lead at TPC Boston|
Norton, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Henley fired a 6-under 65 on Sunday
and took a 1-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Henley ended three rounds at 12-under-par 201. The 25-year-old will go for his
third PGA Tour title on Monday at TPC Boston.
Billy Horschel posted 4-under 67 to move into second place at minus-11. Rory
McIlroy, the 2012 winner, and Chris Kirk played together on Sunday and both
fired 7-under 64s to jump into a share of third place at 10-under-par 203.
They were joined there by second-round co-leader Jason Day (69).
Webb Simpson, the 2011 champion, moved into sixth place at minus-9 thanks to a
Ryan Palmer, who shared the second-round lead with Day, posted his second
straight 71 on Sunday. He fell into a tie for seventh at 8-under 205. Palmer
was joined there by Kevin Streelman (65), Seung-Yul Noh (68) and Keegan
Henley had four pars in his first five holes to go along with a birdie on the
par-3 third. However, he gave that stroke back at the sixth, where he found
water with his approach shot.
This year's Honda Classic winner followed with an 8-foot birdie effort on the
seventh. Henley made it two in a row as he ran home a 30-footer for birdie at
the par-3 eighth.
Henley dropped his approach eight feet from the hole at the 10th, and he
rolled that putt in for birdie. He stuffed his tee shot on No. 11 within four
feet and he made that for his second straight birdie.
After a par on the 12th, Henley moved to 11-under with a 20-foot birdie effort
at 13. He parred three in a row from 14. Henley rolled in a 13-footer for
birdie at 17 to grab the lead at minus-12. He ended there thanks to a par at
"I played well and shot 65. I think any day you shoot 65, it's a pretty good
out here on the PGA Tour. I had a really good time and obviously when you're
making putts and hitting it well, golf's a lot of fun," Henley said. "I'm just
trying to have a good attitude and trying to enjoy the moment, and not be too
hard on myself.
Day had three birdies in his first seven holes to move to 11-under. He was
alone in the lead at that point, and he picked up another birdie at the 13th.
The Australian tumbled from the lead after consecutive bogeys from the 14th.
Horschel kicked in a 3-footer for birdie on the fourth, but 3-putted for bogey
on the following hole to give that stroke right back.
He birdied the eighth before posting seven consecutive pars from the ninth.
Horschel jumped into second place as he birdied the final three holes, all
from inside 11 feet.
"I wanted to birdie the par-5 (18th) and get myself that much closer to the
lead, and give myself that much better of a chance going into tomorrow," said
Horschel. "It's always nice to be in the final group. Obviously, you've done
some good things the first three days to get there."
NOTES: Henley won the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii the only other time he had a
piece of the lead entering the final round ... Henley is one of six former
University of Georgia players that have won this season on the PGA Tour ...
Horschel started the week 82nd in the FedExCup playoffs ... There was a
secondary cut on Sunday with seven players failing to make it to the final
round, including Brendon de Jonge, Andres Romero and Patrick Reed, who
struggled to an 11-over 82 in round three ... Scott Brown was also eliminated
from the final round, and that will knock him out of the playoffs as he
started the week 70th on the FedExCup points list.
08/31 20:30:14 ET