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Henley gets to work at Augusta National

AUGUSTA -- Russell Henley said it’s not that unusual for his clubs to get misplaced during his travels as a member of the PGA Tour.

That just hadn’t happened during the first week of April ... until Monday.

Henley said he got his clubs back Monday night, and he went to work Tuesday with a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club.

“(Monday), I just slept around on the couch all day and hung out with my parents,” Henley said with a smile. “They got (the clubs) to me pretty quickly thereafter, so it wasn’t too big of a deal.”

Henley finished fourth Sunday at the Houston Open to enter golf’s first major on a strong note. That marked his third top-five finish of the season.

“I felt good,” Henley said about Tuesday’s practice round. “The course is a little bit soft because I guess some rain they had. But it’s still really fun to get out there inside the ropes and walk around and kind of soak up the fact that I made it again.”

Henley is making his third appearance in the Masters. He missed the cut in 2013 but made the cut last year and finished tied for 31st. He played his practice round with Camilo Villegas.

“It feels about the same,” Henley said of the course. “It’s a little softer because of the rain. But I’m sure once the tournament starts, it will go back to normal tournament speed. It just all depends on the weather. The weather has been pretty good the last couple of years when I have played except for one day when it was really windy that I remember.

“But it’s just such a challenge.”

The former Stratford and Georgia standout will tee off at 8:29 a.m. on Thursday in the first round. He will start Friday’s second round at 11:36 a.m.

Henley will play the first two rounds with Vijay Singh and Darren Clarke. Singh won the Masters in 2000.

“It doesn’t change my routine,” Henley said of the early start Thursday. “In the morning, the course will play longer, but the greens will be really pure. It will be a pretty good feel, depending on the weather.”

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