JJ Henry feels confident at Travelers Championship
JJ Henry always loves playing in Connecticut.
The Fairfield-native completed his lone tour win at the 2006 Travelers Championship in Cromwell and coming home to the Travelers is a big deal for the born and bred Nutmegger.
"Being here, and carrying the Connecticut flag, is really fun," Henry said after his Pro-Am round on Wednesday.
Henry shot a round of 71 (1-over par) with 15 pars, one birdie and two bogey in his opening round at the 2010 Championship. Henry's second round will start today from the 10th tee at 1:13 p.m.
Henry has had struggled with consistency this year, having made just 11 of 17 cuts in the events he's played. His highest finish in any event was a tie for seventh at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
But he thinks that things could be different for him this weekend in Cromwell, especially given the recent weather turn. The rain late on Tuesday night left the course extremely soft and playable for the field.
"The course is in great shape," he said. "Now it's just a question of going out, having fun and playing well. Hopefully I can do that."
Henry also acknowledged that if weather holds off, the course could play perfectly for some of the top players in the world.
"Scores will probably be pretty low," he said. "The greens are good and the greens are soft and when you combine that with the best players in the world, the scores are probably going to be pretty low."
Henry got nostalgic over the fact that it was his 12th consecutive year of playing in his home state, capped by his lone win in 2006. The 35-year old had a hard time believing that the time has flown as it has.
"It's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since my first Travelers Championship," he said. "
He also is nursing a sore ankle, which he injured last weekend.
"I feel like a basketball player, being all taped up," he joked.
Despite the minor injury, and sitting seven shots back of the leaders as of press time, Henry feels good about his chances and his physical state.
"I know what it takes to have success here," he said. "It is just a matter of going out and making some putts."
However, with the forecast looking good, and the championship expecting large crowds, Henry expects a good week for the spectators that come to the TPC River Highlands.
"The sun's going to be out, and we'll have some fun," he said.