J.J. Henry knows that being able to calculate how far a ball travels at the higher elevation of the Sierra Nevada was one of the keys to his victory in last year's Reno-Tahoe Open.
He got a greater appreciation for the altitude when his rental car broke down earlier this week on the narrow, winding mountain highway that travels over an 8,900-foot pass between Lake Tahoe and the Montreux Golf & Country Club.
''Unfortunately, the car clunked out on us right on the side of Mt. Rose,'' said Henry, who claimed his second career PGA victory at the 7,472-yard mountain course where the modified Stableford scoring system will be in place when tourney play begins Thursday.
''We could have picked a better place to break down,'' he told reporters. ''It was kind of an adventurous hour and an a half on the side of Mt. Rose.''
Tournament officials dispatched another car to pick up Henry and his friend near the entrance to the Mt. Rose ski resort.
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