FedExCup Spotlight: Russell Henley

Russell Henley, who is defending his second career TOUR title this week at The Honda Classic, is one of the TOUR’s best players with the flatstick. When he’s rolling it well, few can compare.

In winning the Sony Open in Hawaii — his first start as a TOUR member — he led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting, picking up a whopping 12 shots on the field. Henley finished eighth on TOUR in the stat as a rookie. He fell outside the top 30 as a sophomore, but found some vintage form in the Playoffs when he led the Deutsche Bank Championship field in the statistic. That runner-up finish at TPC Boston propelled Henley to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time.

Russell Henley two strokes off lead after reaching goal with 63

When Russell Henley teed off for his third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, he did so with a number in mind.

His goal? Finish well enough that he was in double digits entering Sunday’s final round at TPC Summerlin.

The former University of Georgia star did it, getting to 13 under par after an 8-under 63 Saturday, the day’s best round. Henley is two shots behind leader Lucas Glover.

“I was thinking double digits, but you really can’t do that in golf,” Henley said. “It seems like whenever you go low, it’s when you least expect it.”

Henley, 27, said his biggest challenge playing TPC Summerlin is club selection.