Henry 'confident' as he enters Travelers
Published 4:11 pm, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
JJ Henry is convinced he is going to be close to winning a golf tournament before the 2011 year is out.
He thinks it may even come this weekend at his "fifth major."
Henry is coming off a tie for 54th at the US Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., a weekend in which he finished tied with Phil Mickelson, Mattero Manassero, Alvaro Quiros and Edoardo Molinari at seven-over par.
"My game, right now, is in pretty good shape," Henry said on Tuesday. "I'm playing with a lot of confidence."
The Fairfield-native made the cut at the Open for the first time since 2007. His final round 70 was the low round of his weekend at Congressional.
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Rory McIlroy's convincing and historic win, aside, Henry feels that his final round -- and the weekend as a whole -- are signs of good things to come.
"He ran away and made us look like a bunch of chops," Henry said with a chuckle. "Any time you can shoot under par in the Open, especially on Sunday, you have to leave feeling good about yourself."
Now Henry enters his favorite tournament of the year, the Travelers Championship, which starts today at the TPC River Highlands with the celebrity pro-am today. Henry will be in a foursome with ESPN's Chris Berman, former NFL'er and ESPN personality Doug Flutie and former New England Patriots' linebacker Andre Tippett.
He also thinks that playing Congressional will help him at this weekend's Travelers Championship.
"It's like going from calculus back to basic math," he said.
Henry will then tee off tomorrow looking to win his second career tournament. Henry's lone win came at the 2006 Travelers Championship at River Highlands, and besides that, he's always felt comfortable playing in his home state.
"This is like my fifth major," Henry said. "I always love playing the course, and hearing all the local support."
Henry is confident that the way he is playing, he'll be in contention soon.
"All of the aspects of my game are pretty consistent," he said. "Now it's just a matter of going out there and putting myself in contention to win a golf tournament."