Macon’s Russell Henley is tied for seventh entering the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Henley is four shots off the lead and has a strong shot at his best finish at the U.S. Open or any major.
Henley, who has shot rounds of 71-70-67 to sit at 8 under entering Sunday’s play, finished tied for 11th at the Masters in April for his best major finish. His best U.S. Open finish came in his first appearance in the tournament: a tie for 16th as an amateur in 2010 at Pebble Beach.
Henley didn’t play in the U.S. Open last year. After his 2010 performance, he finished tied for 42nd in 2011, missed the cut in 2013, was tied for 60th in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015.
The former Stratford/Georgia standout is tied with Charley Hoffman and Patrick Reed. Brian Harman, who was Henley’s teammate at Georgia, is the leader at 12 under.
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Henley and Reed will tee off at 3:21 p.m. with only three other groups starting after them. They will be followed by Si Woo Kim/Rickie Fowler (3:32 p.m.), Tommy Fleetwood/Brooks Koepka (3:43 p.m.) and Harman/Justin Thomas (3:54 p.m.). None of the players in the final four groups have won a major.
Henley started the week with four birdies and three bogeys on Thursday and had three birdies and one bogey on Friday. His Saturday round was stellar with five birdies and no bogeys, and he drained a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish his round.