Henry claims Reno-Tahoe Open title

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 05, 2012
J.J. Henry won the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, beating Brazil's Alexandre Rocha by a point in the modified Stableford event. Henry finished with 43 points. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They were docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse. Henry had three birdies on the front nine, then mostly stayed out of trouble on the mountain course's more difficult back nine. He had four birdies and a bogey for seven points in the round on the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf & Country Club course. Argentina's Andres Romero was third with 37 points, followed by John Mallinger with 34. John Daly and Justin Leonard tied for fifth at 33. It was Daly's best finish since 2005. Rocha needed to eagle the par-5 18th to have a chance to become the first Brazilian winner on the PGA Tour, but had to scramble for birdie after his approach bounced into the gallery left of the green. Henry two-putted for par from 12 feet to secure the victory. He earned a spot next week in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, and the $540,000 winner's check pushed his season earnings past $1.2 million and career total to $12.7 million. He also won the 2006 Buick Championship. The 37-year-old Henry had precious eagles in each of the first three rounds in the scoring system that rewards aggressive play. The format hadn't been used on the PGA Tour since the 2006 International in Colorado. Henry parred his first four holes Sunday, then made birdies from 24 feet on the par-4 fifth and 15 feet on the sixth. He added a third when he hit his drive 380 yards on the 636-yard eighth, hit his third shot to 6 feet and made the putt. He opened a six-point lead when he made a 3-foot birdie on the 15th, but bogeyed the 16th and watched his lead shrink to three when Rocha answered with a 6-foot birdie putt. That left Rocha trailing 43-40 but still in the tourney headed to the 597-yard downhill closing hole guarded by a pond on the right. Rocha drove left into the waste area, but it kicked out into the fairway about 315 yards from the green. His approach hit a cart path and bounced into the gallery left of the green. He was able to get up and down for birdie, but Henry hit his 12-foot birdie attempt inside a foot and tapped in for par.
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