PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Russell HenleyHe finally made a birdie, and that was it for Sunday. He closed with a 1-under 70 to win the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba by four shots.
Henley was leading by six shots going into the final round at El Camaleon. He lost a 5-foot putt on the par-5 5th hole to reduce his lead to three.
He responded with three straight birdies. No one else was able to get closer than four shots for the remainder of the round.
Henley won for the fourth consecutive time on the PGA Tour and for the first time since the Houston Open five year ago.
Henley had at most a share of 54-hole lead the five previous times he played, but he didnt win the title. The Sony Open in Jan was the most recent. Hideki MatsuyamaHe overcame a two-shot deficit to win a playoff.
Henley smiled and said, I just tried learning from my past mistakes. All those events I didn’t close out, they hurt. You never know what youll win next. It was cool to come down 18 with a 4-shot lead.
Henley tied the tournament record at 23-under 261 Henley was the only player not to have made a bogey during the entire week.
Brian HarmanClosed with a 66 and placed second in the group, while the group five shots behind included the Masters champion Scottie SchefflerAnd Seamus PowerIreland, who was coming off victory in Bermuda last week.
Scheffler lost No. Scheffler lost the No. Rory McIlroyTwo weeks ago, Scheffler won the CJ Cup. Scheffler won the CJ Cup with a score of 62 at Mayakoba. This gives him a good chance to regain the No. Next week, Scheffler will be ranked No. 1 at the Houston Open.
McIlroy will not play again until the DP World Tour Championships Dubai.
Power shot a 68 and tied for third with Scheffler. Joel Dahmen, Troy MerrittAnd Will GordonThe FedEx Cup standings put the Irishman at the top and moved him up to No. His highest ranking ever, at No. 29 in the world.
Henley was ranked No. Henley is now No. 33 in the world, and is certain to return to the Masters. He didnt get a spot at Augusta National last time until he moved into the top 50 just one week before the Masters.
Henley was three shots behind at the Wyndham Championship 2021 and the CJ Cup Shadow Creek 2020. Henley was tied or leading by one to two shots the other times, which is a small lead on PGA Tour.
This was a six-shot margin. Its rare for someone to not win from there. It didnt make things any easier.
Its tough. I don’t sleep well with a lead. Henley stated that he needs to practice more. I dont know how Tiger did it 80-some times. Its difficult for me to just calm down. Although you may not feel the same when you practice at home, its still fun. Thats why we play.
We want the opportunity to prove ourselves out here and to be put under pressure.
Henley will also be sent to Kapalua in January to participate in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. This is the first high-profile event in a year of large purses.