The World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba’s final round saw Russell Henley’s first bogey of the week. All that really went wrong for him was that.
Henley started the day with a six-stroke advantage and never gave it up. On Sunday, Henley defeated Brian Harman by four strokes after shooting a final-round 70. The Georgia native has won four times on the PGA Tour, but this is his first victory since the Houston Open in 2017.
on the PGA Tour, successfully converting a 54-hole lead. In the previous 15 seasons, just two out of 25 players failed to convert 54-hole leads of at least six strokes. But Henley had no issues.
At the El Camaleon Golf Course, he set a record-breaking scoring pace, and his final score of 23 under equaled Viktor Hovland’s record from the previous year for the competition.
Henley only encountered one obstacle all week at the fifth hole on Sunday. Henley made a bogey at the reachable par-5 left into the penalty area after going three rounds without making a bogey. For the first time all week, he was unable to stand and sit up after the drop.
His reaction as his advantage shrank to three after making his first bogey of the week? He recovered his six-shot lead with three straight eagles.
Scottie Scheffler, who was attempting to regain the World No. 1 ranking, had a nine-under 62 and maintained that position alone at 18 under until Harman eventually overtook him with a birdie on 13. After Rory McIlroy’s victory at the CJ Cup two weeks prior, he required a solo second or victory to surpass McIlroy as the world’s top-ranked golfer.
On the back nine, Henley cruised, carding eight pars and a bogey on the 16th hole when the victory was virtually assured.