The PGA Tour saw a majority of their players at the Barracuda Championship this last weekend, the only modified Stableford event on the PGA Tour.
J.J. Henry rolled in an eagle putt from 15 feet on Sunday afternoon to win the Barracuda Championship on the second hole of a playoff against Kyle Reifers. The win was his second at this event in the past four years.
After Henry holed the putt on No. 18, Reifers missed his 10-footer for eagle to halve the hole. After his putt and Reifers subsequent miss, Henry said that he knew the ball had a good chance of reaching the hole if he were able to put it on line– he did exactly that.
Henry, who is 40, also won here in 2012. His other title on the PGA Tour came back in 2006 in Connecticut, which is his home state. Don’t forget, it was in that year that Henry played on his one and only Ryder Cup team. His affection for Montreux Golf and Country Club has been stated and “the people were fabulous.”
With the win, J.J. Henry moved from No. 150 in the current Fed Ex Cup standings to No. 76 and also earned a spot in this week’s PGA Championship that starts Thursday at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The jump to inside the top-125 makes him a guaranteed lock to enter the playoff picture in a short month here.
Reifers had three eagles on the back nine in a round of 22 points to equal Henry’s 47 points in a historic finish. In the stableford scoring system, eagles are worth 5 points and Reifers’ flurry vaulted him up the leaderboard.
Henry ended his final round on Sunday with a birdie but only earned 6 points on his final round. Players earn 8 points for a double eagle, 5 points for an eagle, 2 points for a birdie, zero for par, -1 for bogey and -3 for double bogey or worse.
On the first playoff hole, which was No 18 as well, Reifers made a putt of 12 feet for birdie after Henry had chipped to just 1 ½ feet to set up birdie.
Reifers eagled three of his final six holes in the last round of regulation making a putt of 12 feet on No. 12 a par-5, holing out a chip from 90 yards on No. 14 a par-4 and closing with his 15-foot eagle putt on No. 18.
He called the loss disappointing, but he performed the way he wanted on the day. However, he said the last putt did not go the way he wanted it to.
Reifers has made 90 career starts on Tour and has yet to win.
Patrick Rodgers finished one point back at 46 after scoring 11 in the final round. Andres Gonzales finished in fourth place at 43 following a 10 point round on Sunday. David Toms was one more point back after he scored just two points the final day.