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(Wilfredo Lee | The Associated Press) Russell Henley kisses the trophy after winning the Honda Classic on the first hole of a playoff Sunday.
Golf: Henley wins Honda Classic
Golf » Birdie on first hole of 4-man playoff gives him victory.
First Published Mar 02 2014 06:52 pm • Last Updated Mar 02 2014 10:08 pm

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. • Russell Henley chipped in for birdie and then hit into the water on his next shot for double bogey. He watched Rory McIlroy throw away a lead with a double bogey and a bogey, only to stand over a 12-foot eagle putt on the next hole with a chance to win.

A wild Sunday at PGA National ended in a four-man playoff, with Henley making good on his second chance at the par-5 18th to win the Honda Classic.

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Honda Classic

x-Russell Henley -8

Russell Knox -8

Rory McIlroy -8

Ryan Palmer -8

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Daniel Summerhays -4

x-won first playoff hole

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"This doesn’t feel real," Henley said.

It didn’t look much differently, starting with Tiger Woods walking off the course after 13 holes because of lower back pain, and ending with a series of blunders over the closing holes of a tournament that no one seemed to want to win.

Eight yards away from where he had hit drive on the 18th in regulation, Henley ripped another 5-wood and aimed a little more right. It barely cleared the bunker and stopped 40 feet away on the green for a two-putt birdie that was good enough to win when McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox could only make par.

In regulation, Henley turned what should have been a good chance at birdie into a struggle for par by missing the green well to the left and chunking his chip only halfway to the hole.

He had to two-putt from 60 feet for a par and a 72, joining the playoff at 8-under 272.

"So the next time, I just said, ‘All these guys are probably going to make birdie.’ And I just needed to trust my swing and put the best swing I can on it and not be too worried about where it goes," Henley said.

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Paula Creamer made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second hole of a playoff with Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore for her first LPGA Tour title since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.

Creamer closed with a 3-under 69 to match Munoz at 10-under 278.

Creamer has 10 LPGA Tour title.



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