Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods may have dominated the headlines throughout the week, but in the end it was Russell Henley hoisting the trophy at the Honda Classic thanks to a birdie on the first playoff hole.
Henley, who shot a 72 on Sunday, competed against McIlroy, Russell Knox, and Ryan Palmer in the playoff. The win was the second of his PGA Tour career, his first victory coming at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year.
McIlroy, who entered this year’s Honda Classic looking to redeem himself after last year’s meltdown, started Sunday atop the leaderboard. The 24-year-old struggled down the finishing stretch of the final round, though, recording a double-bogey on the 16th hole and a bogey on the 17th. It seemed like he’d be able to eek out the win thanks to this amazing shot on the 18th hole, but he missed the short putt for eagle and had to settle for a birdie.
As frustrating as Sunday’s finish must have been for McIlroy, at least he was able to get through his round. The same couldn’t be said for Tiger Woods, who had to withdraw mid-round due to back pain. We’ll have more on Woods’ condition when more information is made available.