Henry hangs on to win Reno-Tahoe Open|
Reno, NV (Sports Network) - J.J. Henry tallied seven points in Sunday's final
round to win the Reno-Tahoe Open by a single point over Alexandre Rocha.
Henry hung on for his second PGA Tour title as he finished with 43 points at
Montreux Golf and Country Club.
"It's been a long time coming. This means so much," Henry said in a televised
interview. "I've been out here 12 straight years, so I've done something
right. But, it's been six years since I've won."
The Modified Stableford scoring system awarded eight points for double eagles,
five for eagles, two for birdies, zero for pars and subtracted one point for
bogeys and three points for double-bogey or worse.
Rocha carded three birdies in the last six holes to close the gap. He picked
up nine points on Sunday to end with 42.
Andres Romero grabbed third with 37 points after earning six in the final
round. John Mallinger scored two points Sunday to end alone in fourth with 34.
Former major champions John Daly (5) and Justin Leonard (7) shared fifth place
with 33 points.
Henry led by three points at the start of the round, but Rocha quickly
overtook him with birdies on the second and fourth. Henry responded with back-
to-back birdies at five and six to regain his 3-point lead.
The 37-year-old Henry pushed his lead to five with a birdie at the par-5
eighth. Rocha tripped to a bogey on No. 9 to slip six behind.
After six straight pars, Henry tapped in a 3-footer for birdie at 15. He
missed the green with his tee shot at the par-3 16th and that led to a bogey.
Rocha, who had birdied the 13th, was five points back with three holes to go.
He drained a birdie putt at the 17th to move within three.
Both players missed the 18th green with their second shots. Henry chipped
first and left himself 12 feet. Rocha then rolled his eagle chip past the left
Rocha's ball stopped 14 feet from the cup, but he converted that putt for
birdie to cut the margin to one.
Henry just needed to 2-putt for the win, and that's what he did. He trickled
his birdie try within kick-in range. Henry tapped in for par and his second
"Alex played great coming down the stretch. Gosh, he made it interesting
there," Henry said on TV. "Hopefully, I can continue the momentum on through."
NOTES: Henry, who earned $540,000 for the win, had also won the 2006 Buick
Championship...Henry is now 1-for-2 when holding at least a piece of the 54-
hole lead...Henry's win means all 14 winners of this event have been born in
the United States...Rocha, who was going for his first PGA Tour title, earned
his firsts top-10 finish on any tour since the 2007 Italian Open on the
European Tour...The PGA Tour heads to South Carolina next week for the PGA
Championship, where Keegan Bradley will defend his title.
08/05 21:52:13 ET