Henley sitting pretty at Wyndham Championship

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Russell Henley followed his first-round 62 with a 6-under 64 and extended his lead to four strokes at the Wyndham Championship. Photo: SI.com
Russell Henley followed his first-round 62 with a 6-under 64 and extended his lead to four strokes at the Wyndham Championship. Photo: SI.com

Russell Henley followed his first-round 62 with a 6-under 64 and extended his lead to four strokes at the Wyndham Championship on Friday.

The opening 36-hole score of 126 tied Stewart Cink (RBC Heritage) for the lowest on the PGA Tour this season (Cink led by five strokes after two rounds and won by four).

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Henley is the third player with multiple 36-hole scores of 126 or better in his career (first: 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii), joining Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker.

 

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He is one stroke shy of tournament record for 36-hole score (125, Carl Pettersson, 2008)
and second 36-hole lead/co-lead of the season and sixth of his Tour career (1-for-5 to date).

Henley finished T9 at the 2020 Wyndham Championship, his best result in four prior starts at the event.

He has three top-20s in his last four starts, highlighted by a T11 at the John Deere Classic (has not played since The Open Championship).

His best result this season: T3, twice (THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK, The Honda Classic)
Three-time PGA Tour winner (2013 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2014 The Honda Classic, 2017 Houston Open).

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Henley entered the week No. 46 in the FedExCup standings and will qualify for the Playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

 

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Making his first start on Tour since earning the silver medal in the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition, Rory Sabbatini (T2/-10) tied his career-low 36-hole score on the PGA Tour with rounds of 66-64. He also carded 130 through two rounds at the 1999 BellSouth Classic and 2003 Shriners Children’s Open.

Four players at T5 or better entered the week outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and three are currently projected to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs: Sabbatini (T2), Scott Piercy (T2) and Justin Rose (T5).

 

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Three players that entered the week between Nos. 122-125 in the FedExCup standings missed the cut and are currently projected to miss the FedExCup Playoffs: Ryan Armour, Patrick Rodgers, Bo Hoag.

Rickie Fowler missed cut and failed to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time in his 12-year PGA Tour career.

Defending champion Jim Herman missed cut after rounds of 72-68. With rounds of 67, 69, Anirban Lahiri lay tied 41st at 4-under 136.

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