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.
x-Russell Henley -8
Russell Knox -8
Rory McIlroy -8
Ryan Palmer -8
Daniel Summerhays -4
x-won first playoff hole
"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.
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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