Last week at the Masters, Russell Henley talked highly about the RBC Heritage, which is next on the PGA Tour schedule.
There’s a reason for that.
Henley finished tied for sixth last year at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C. He recovered from a first-round 73 with rounds of 70-67-69 to move up the leaderboard to finish at 5 under. Graeme McDowell claimed the tournament at 9 under, beating Webb Simpson in a playoff.
“I’m excited about it. It’s my favorite regular tour event,” Henley said. “I will have a lot of friends and family there supporting me. I’m looking forward to it.”
Henley will play with Patrick Reed and Charl Schwartzel in the first two rounds. They tee off at 12:50 p.m. on Thursday and 8:20 a.m. on Friday.
Henley is coming off his best finish in a major as a professional, tying for 31st at the Masters (he did finish tied for 16th in the 2010 U.S. Open as an amateur). He also finished tied for seventh in the Houston Open the week before the Masters.
“It’s been great,” Henley said of his first made cut at the Masters. “I played really well the first two days. I played pretty well the last two days. It just makes me realize I’m on the right track. You can’t go around this place and play as well as I did the first two days and make the cut and be doing something wrong.
“I know I’m on the right track. I just have to clean up a few things.”