Fairfield native J.J. Henry wins tourney on PGA tour
Published 6:15 am, Monday, August 10, 2015
Fairfield native J.J. Henry won the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev., for the second time in four years Sunday, beating Kyle Reifers with a 15-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff.
After Henry holed the left-to-right breaking putt on the par-5 18th, Reifers missed a 10-footer.
"I knew obviously playing here that it's kind of coming down the mountain, if you will, from the front of that green,” Henry said. “I knew there was a good chance the ball would get to the hole if I got it on line, and that's exactly what I did. It went right in the middle of the hole.
"I don't know how athletic I looked when I jumped up for joy, but it's a heck of a feeling when you make a putt like that. When you do it to win on the PGA Tour is even that much more special."
The 40-year-old Henry also won the 2012 tournament. His other PGA Tour title came in 2006 in his home state of Connecticut.
"I just love being here," Henry said. "The people are great. It's just a beautiful spot to be this time of year to play golf. I think I figured out how to play out here in the altitude. A lot of math this week. Adding, subtracting elevation change and such."
Henry jumped from 150th to 76th in the FedEx Cup standings and got a spot in the PGA Championship next week at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Reifers had three back-nine eagles in a 22-point round to match Henry at 47 points at Montreux Golf and Country Club in the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford event.
Henry closed with a birdie for a six-point round. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
On 18 on the first extra hole, Reifers made a 12-foot birdie putt after Henry chipped to 1 1/2 feet to set up his birdie.
Reifers eagled three of the last six holes in regulation, making a 12-foot putt on the par-5 13th, holing out from 90 yards on the par-4 14th, and closing with a 15-footer on 18.
"Just disappointed," Reifers said. "I performed the way I wanted to. ... That last putt there, that was a little disappointing, but all in all I take a lot of positives out, and see if I can get back in this position again soon."
He's winless in 90 career starts on the PGA Tour.
"I know obviously how much a win would mean so it's disappointing, but like I said, I hit the shots and the putts that I wanted to," Reifers said. "At the beginning of the day if you would have said I would be sitting here right now I would've obviously taken it."
Patrick Rodgers was a point back after an 11-point round.
Andres Gonzales was fourth at 43 after a 10-point round, and David Toms was another point back after scoring two points.