After being granted a stay of execution, as it were, when J.J. Henry just made the cut line and squeezed into the playing the weekend at the Travelers Championship, the Fairfield native made sure to take advantage of his lucky break.
A 5-under par round on Saturday was followed by a 1-over Sunday, giving Henry a 4-under-par finish and puts at least a little confidence in his tank as he heads into a busy stretch where he's playing the next three weeks before heading back home to Fort Worth, Texas, to watch the British Open -- and maybe shoot some more video of his 7-year old son Connor's very smooth golf swing.
Looking to make another big jump up the leaderboard after moving from T70 to T28 on Saturday, Henry spun out of control in a brief two-hole span at the par-4 12th and the par-5 13th. A three-putt bogey at 12 was followed by what Henry called a "lousy" shot at 13 that saw him push it way right into the tall grass and a poor chip into the bunker and a disappointing sand shot saw him walk to the 14th with a double-bogey in tow.
"I actually kind of had it at 1-under through 11 and then hit one lousy, terrible shot on 13 that kind of took the wind out of my sails," Henry said. "I just hit a bad shot, it happens. I was kind of caught in-between clubs and just bailed way right and kind of in the hay and it was one of those deals."
Henry rallied at the par-4, 296-yard 15th, by driving the green and two-putting from 40-feet for birdie but that was the end of the magic.
"I didn't hit it great today. I didn't putt well, but I just didn't hit it as well today, it was just one of those days," Henry said. "I just couldn't ever get any momentum going. I hit some good shots to start the round and just couldn't really get it going."
The 2006 Buick Championship winner said he can take positives away from this week, where he hit 56 of 72 greens (seventh best) and 43 of 56 fairways (tied for 15th). His putting -- 123 total putts, ranking him 67th -- is part of his game that needs some improvement.
"It's obviously positive to kind of sneak in there and play great yesterday and give myself a chance to kind of move up the leader board," Henry said. "Unfortunately, it didn't really happen today, but all in all, this is kind of my fifth major and to be here at home in front of all the people in Connecticut, at least to get to play four days and kind of work on some stuff and I think I'm close to really popping something these next three or four weeks, I'll kind of poke my head in there and see what happens."
Henry is headed down to the Washington, D.C. area to play in this week's AT&T National before continuing on to the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulfur Springs, W. Va., and then the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
"I'm going to play the next three (weeks) for sure and see what happens after that," Henry said. "I'll continue to work on some things and fine-tune some of my wedge game and try to work on some of the things with the putting. But other than that, I feel pretty good about it. I can't complain."