Henley shoots his 2-year low to guide Wyndham


GREENSBORO, N.C. — Russell Henley shot an 8-under 62, his lowest spherical in additional than two years, to take the lead Thursday within the suspended first spherical of the Wyndham Championship.

Henley birdied three of his remaining 4 holes for a two-stroke lead over Sung Kang, Ted Potter Jr., Chris Kirkand, Hudson Swofford, Scott Piercy and Michael Thompson within the PGA Tour’s remaining regular-season occasion. Adam Hadwin additionally was 6-under, however had two holes left when darkness ended play.

A storm halted play for two hours, 7 minutes, with 30 gamers unable to complete.

Previous champion Webb Simpson and Kevin Kisner led a gaggle of 10 one other stroke behind at 65 at Sedgefield Nation Membership, the place many opponents are scrambling to make it into prime 125 to advance to the playoffs that begin subsequent week on the Northern Belief.

Henley, at No. 46 within the standings, had no worries concerning the postseason, however got here out quick with a bogey-free spherical in chasing his first PGA Tour victory in 4 years.

He moved in entrance with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 fifteenth earlier than closing with birdies on 17 and 18, the final with a 20-foot putt. He had together with his lowest spherical on the tour since a career-low 61 on the John Deere Traditional in 2019.

Henley has performed some stable golf of late. He was tied for the 36-hole lead on the U.S. Open in June, then had two straight top-20 finishes earlier than lacking the reduce on the British Open. He returned this week, hoping he can carry his robust play to the tip.

“I have never received in years, so I really feel like in addition to I have been enjoying, I really feel like I’ve underachieved somewhat bit,” he stated.

“My mindset,” Henley continued, “is I really feel if I can play my sport, play my regular sport, then I can perhaps give myself an opportunity and that is type of the place I am at.”

There are a number of large names competing to maintain their season’s alive. Adam Scott, who began at No. 121, and Matt Kuchar, at No. 124, each had robust begins at 66.

“I wish to play nicely this week and get an opportunity to play subsequent week and maintain getting my sport into place,” Scott stated.

Rickie Fowler, who got here at a hundred and thirtieth and needing week, did not assist himself with a 71. Justin Rose, the Payne Stewart Award winner this week, has to complete within the prime 10 to advance after coming in 138th. He opened with a 66, tied for nineteenth.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was at 69, tied for 89th.

Olympic medalists Rory Sabbatini and C.T. Pan are also enjoying after the Tokyo Video games. Sabbatini, who took silver for Slovakia behind U.S. gold medal winner Xander Schauffele, began with a 66.

Pan, from Taiwan, received a seven-man playoff for the bronze. He shot a 68.

Louis Oosthuizen, the one prime 10 participant within the FedEx standings entered, withdrew due to a neck damage.

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