Henry happy to be 'carrying the Connecticut flag'
One of Fairfield's favorite sons, J.J. Henry, returns home this week for the Traveler's Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. The 2006 Buick Championship winner did not play in this weekend's U.S. Open, but has made the cut in 11 of 17 events this season, winning $313,413 to date.
Henry, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, took some time to do a Q and A before coming north for the PGA Tour's next stop, which will be his 12th straight and 15th overall in Cromwell.
I know you are not playing in the U.S. Open this week but how are things going for you?
Henry: "I'm at home (last) week; unfortunately, I wish I wasn't at home, but it is what it is. I missed qualifying by two shots ... and I'm looking forward to a little three- or four-week trip, starting the week back home."
You made the cut the last three tournaments you played in and it seems like you are playing some pretty good golf going into the Travelers.
Henry: "Yeah. Golf is a crazy game. Starting the last round of the Colonial, I was four shots out of the lead, and again, I was the low round the following week at Memorial on Saturday and started Sunday's round also four shots back. Unfortunately, I didn't quite play good or score well. I feel like I hit some good shots, but it is what it is."
This year you got to start the season a little earlier in Hawaii and finished the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tied for 13th. Was that a good way to start the year?
Henry: "No doubt. I won the (Reno-Tahoe Open) last August so I got a chance to start the year (early) and I brought my whole family out there. It was a nice place to ring in the New Year and play, but we had crazy weather and didn't finish the tournament until Tuesday. It seems like we've had a lot of crazy weather weeks this year, Mother Nature hasn't been real kind for professional golf this year."
Your 8-year-old son Connor has taken up golf, how is his career progressing?
Henry: "He's enjoying it. He asks me questions and he's taken some lessons. He's enjoying the game, but I haven't necessary pressured or forced him into doing much. He understands now what dad does and can talk to me and relate (to the game). He's a pretty good athlete. He's plays basketball and a few other sports, throw the football and stuff. It's fun to see your kids grow and then playing a sport (I play) ... it's fun to apply some of the things I've learned back to your kid."
You are making your 15th trip to Cromwell. Can you talk about what it means to play there?
Henry: "It's a great spot and I always enjoy coming back there. Travelers, Nathan Grube and his staff do a great job putting on a hometown tournament with a hometown sponsor. All of southern New England kind of rallies behind it and it's a great way to kick off summer in my opinion. ... I'm proud to continue carrying the Connecticut flag even though I live in Texas. My friends are still there, my folks, and everybody. We are coming up and will stay with them a couple days. It's always nice to be back home where it all started."
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