Russell Henley won the 2022 World Wide Technology Championship. The golfer played four excellent rounds to win the trophy on Sunday November 6th at El Camaleon Golf Course in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Henley was not a favorite to win the title. However, the golfer managed to break the 72-hole tournament’s scoring record with 23 under 261.
The golfer led the field by four shots and claimed his fourth career win. The American golfer thus ended his five-year winless streak.
Russell Henley wins the 2022 World Wide Technology Championship
The 2022 World Wide Technology Championship got underway at Mayakoba’s El Camaleon Golf Course last week, with Will Gordon and Henley taking the lead. The two Americans managed to fire in rounds 1, 62 and 63, respectively. The two took an early lead as favorites like Scottie Scheffler and defending champion Viktor Hovland struggled.
Henley managed to stay in the top five positions throughout the event. On the final day, he found a comfortable lead over second-placed Brian Harman to take the title. Will Gordon, who started well, opted for a T3 finish along with the likes of Seamus Power and Scheffler.
After the win, Henley opened up and said he doubted his own ability to get into the event. He said he wasn’t sure if he would win. Russell Henley told the media, according to Golfweek:
“You know, you always have doubts about whether I’ll win again … I think every time I’ve failed, I’ve learned from it, and here we are.”
Russell Henley ends his winless streak
Interestingly, Henley failed to convert his last five 54-hole leads. Since the Houston Open in 2017 he has been on a winless dry spell. The 33-year-old, who became the 18th player in Tour history to score 191 or less over 54 holes, needed to show his best form to clinch victory on Sunday. He had to win in Mexico after squandering the 54-hole lead at the 2021 US Open.
Henley had previously addressed his past mistakes, including a memorable outing at the Sony Open in Hawaii, saying:
“I just choked, you know. My nerves got the best of me and I made bad mistakes, bad mental mistakes and just didn’t make it on Sunday… All these events that I didn’t complete hurt. You don’t know if you’ll ever win one again. It’s hard to win here.”
“I still need a lot of practice. I have no idea how Tiger did that 80 times. I’m having a hard time calming down in any way… You definitely don’t feel like practicing at home, but that’s the fun of it, that’s why we play. We want to see what we’re made of out here and be tested under pressure.”
Henley played his cards right on Sunday to claim a well-deserved win. He was also helped by the poor form of reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Scottie Scheffler.
After coming into the event as a favorite, Scheffler ended up in third place in a five-way tie, losing his chance to retake world No. 1 rankings from Rory McIlroy.