Russell Henley won the World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba in a snap, and given his recent experience both at Mayakoba and as a 54-hole leader, let’s just say he probably deserved a breather as he won his fourth PGA Tour title .
Henley ended a stellar week with a final round of 70 that gave him a four-shot win over Brian Harman. That was a better result than earlier this year when he held the lead after three rounds of the Sony Open and shot 65 in the final round only to lose to Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff. It also helped erase the bitter aftertaste of the Mayakoba event in 2019, when it looked like Henley would line up for the weekend, only for an eight-stroke penalty for violating the one-ball rule of the get tour.
Such a fate did not happen in Mexico. Henley was in charge from the start. Comforted by a six-shot lead early in Sunday’s game. Henley’s first bogey of the tournament came on the fifth hole of the final round, but he quickly recovered with three straight birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth to restore the lead to half a dozen shots.
A close-range 122-yard gap wedge on the sixth got things going, followed by a 15-foot birdie on #7. The following hole shot a short iron off the tee for 151 yards, par 3 nestled within the 10 foot and Henley also made that putt.
That stretch was emblematic of Henley’s week as he relied on his short clubs and putter. Despite finishing second in driving accuracy with his 10-degree Titleist TSi3 driver, Henley was only able to hit 51 greens (ranking T-21). However, his short game was impeccable as he used a trio of Titleist Vokey SM8 wedges to get up and down 19 of 21 times to earn second place in scrambling.
Hitting the green, Henley made the most of his chances and dropped enough birdie putts to place eighth in putts per green on average. Henley’s putter is a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype blade putter with a very long hosel. Henley has loved long hosel on his putter since his college days and has maintained that style for much of his PGA Tour career.
At various points in his career, Henley was also known to set his phone to text a message that said, “I’m the best putter in the world.” This week he was certainly one of the best in Mexico. And that was all that really mattered.
What Russell Henley brought with him to the World Wide Technology Championship in Mayakoba
Driver: Titleist TSi3 (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 7.0), 10 degrees
3-Wood: Titleist TS3, 16.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 21 degrees
Irons (4-9): Titleist T100; (PW): Titleist Vokey SM8
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (50, 54, 58 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GSS prototype