J.J. Henry finishes tied for 24th at RBC Canadian Open
Updated 2:24 pm, Tuesday, June 21, 2011
He may not be finding his name near the top of the leaderboard nearly as much as he'd like these days, but at least J.J. Henry can't complain about inconsistency.
The Fairfield native finished in a tie for 24th Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. It came one week after finishing 26th at the Renoe-Tahoe Open and is the seventh time in his last 11 starts that he's finished somewhere between 20th and 60th.
"It's a little disappointing with the way I feel like I'm playing. I feel like my game is in real good shape, virtually all aspects. It's just a question of doing those little things and not making a couple of little mistakes when it matters most," said the 35-year-old, who has been playing professionally since 1998 and has won one PGA Tour event in his career, in 2006.
After Friday's second round, it looked like this might have been his breakthrough week. After shooting 67 and 65 in the first two rounds he was just two strokes off the lead. But a 71-70 weekend left him seven shots behind champion Carl Petterson.
He said bad luck with the weather had a lot to do with his performance. While Petterson, who barely made the cut, played Saturday morning in perfect conditions and shot a course record 60, Henry was playing in the final few groups and had to play in a torrential downpour.
"Unfortunately, I just kind of got caught in that terrible weather. All the low scores were in that morning and I was just trying to hold on. It poured rain on us for about 10 holes," said Henry, who now lives in Texas with his wife and two children.
The low point came at the 14th hole, where he made a double bogey.
"I hit a bad drive and it was pouring rain. With conditions like this (sunny) I probably make par or birdie. That's golf. You take the good with the bad. A guy is shooting 10 under par in the morning and we're playing in a monsoon in the afternoon. Sometimes it happens. Did I hit a bad drive, yes I did. But you know what, I birdied 16 and 18 coming in to salvage the round. You can look at the double but I look at those two birdies to get myself back in a decent place today (Sunday) and for the most part today I hit a lot of good shots."
Now it's on to West Virginia for The Greenbrier Classic and then to Verona, N.Y. for the Turning Stone Resort Championship. If he can win one of those events, he'll get an automatic berth into the PGA Championship in Wisconsin in three weeks. Otherwise, it's most likely that he'll miss the season's final major because he is in 139th place in the PGA Championship points standings and he needs to be in the top-70.
"I have to keep my head high and keep grinding it out. I've always played my best golf over my career at this time of year, whether it's because I grew up in the Northeast there in that Fairfield area or what, but I've just to keep working hard and make the best of it," he said.