Russell Henley earned a four-stroke victory in the World Tech Championship in Mayakoba as he sailed to a fourth PGA Tour title.
It was Henley’s first win since the Shell Houston Open in 2017, and he equaled the tournament record with a low score, set by Viktor Hovland last season. Henley’s final total of 23 under was secured by rounds of 63, 63, 65 and 70 on Sunday.
He finished four strokes off the field, but after being bogey-free for his first 58 holes, Henley’s first blemish for the week came with a six at the fifth par five, adding another bogey on 16 to accompany his three birdies. .
Speaking to NBC after leaving the final green at the event in Mexico, Henley said he was guided by the experience of previous occasions when he was unable to convert 54 leads. holes in wins.
“I just tried to learn from my past and my mistakes,” he said. “That’s kind of what I took away from the last two events of this season – what am I doing wrong and how can I improve with it.
“All these events that I did not close [five times he has held the 54-hole lead and not won], they hurt. You don’t know if you’ll win another one, it’s so hard here.
“Going down 18 with a four shot lead is really cool. I don’t even know what to say. I felt very nervous this weekend, I slept tops both nights – I never slept on a six-shot lead.
“You just don’t feel the same as when you’re training at home, you can’t create that environment that you get here when running a PGA Tour event.
“I guess all the times I haven’t done it, I’ve learned from it, and here we are.”
Only in second place at 19 under was Brian Harman, who posted rounds of 66, 66, 67 and 66 in an incredibly consistent week that included a hole-in-one on Friday.
Scottie Scheffler was two shots better than anyone on the last trip around El Camaleon Golf Club, shooting a 9-under 62 to move up the standings into a tie for third at 18 under.
Joel Dahmen, Troy Merritt and Will Gordon joined Scheffler at under 18, along with last week’s Bermuda Championship winner Seamus Power of Ireland.
Sweden’s David Lingmerth joined Sam Ryder at 17 under in a tie for eighth, while back-to-back defending champion Hovland was a further back, tied for 10th.
Collin Morikawa finished the week at 15 under, and former world number one Jason Day was joined by former Masters champion Danny Willett at 14 under.