Russell Henley had his season peak early last year, highlighted by his victory at April’s Shell Houston Open. However, while he only broke through to win that one time, don’t discount Henley’s overall game.
The 28-year-old out of the University of Georgia followed that victory with a T-11 at the Masters, and he earned 11 top-25 finishes overall. He closed out the year with an outstanding run at East Lake, finishing T-3 at the TOUR Championship, which he’ll be looking to build on in the new season.
Henley finished inside the top 30 on TOUR in greens in regulation percentage (67.81), birdie average (3.85) and adjusted scoring (70.027). What he lacks in power off the tee (relatively, averaging 298.0 yards), he more than makes up for with the flat stick, where he ranked ninth on TOUR in total putting, with a strokes gained average of .399 on the year.
Henley has gotten off to some very strong starts over the last three years, and this week in Korea will provide him another opportunity to boost his FedEx Cup profile early on. Look for Henley to be a solid contender for a top-ten finish at the CJ Cup.