Shell Houston Open 2017: Russell Henley Punches Masters Ticket with Comeback Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2017

HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 02:  Russell Henley plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 2, 2017 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Russell Henley rode a dominant final round to win the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas, on Sunday, earning a spot at the Masters in the process.

Henley shot a seven-under 65 to finish 20 under for the tournament, three strokes ahead of Sung Kang, who came into Sunday atop the leaderboard.

You can see the full leaderboard and payouts below:

Shell Houston Open Leaderboard
PlacePlayerScoreR1R2R3R4TotalPayout
1Russell Henley-2067676965268$1,260,000.00
2Sung-hoon Kang-1765637172271$756,000.00
T3Luke List-1668716568272$406,000.00
T3Rickie Fowler-1664716770272$406,000.00
5Daniel Berger-1370677167275$280,000.00
6Hudson Swafford-1267677567276$252,000.00
7Rafael Campos-1169716869277$234,500.00
T8Zac Blair-1069677567278$210,000.00
T8Kyle Stanley-1066717170278$210,000.00
T10Jon Rahm-971726967279$182,000.00
T10Andrew Loupe-968707269279$182,000.00
T12Michael Thompson-870736968280$147,000.00
T12Jason Dufner-868697370280$147,000.00
T12Michael Kim-870707070280$147,000.00
T15Keegan Bradley-767717667281$112,000.00
T15Justin Rose-767717370281$112,000.00
T15Andy Sullivan-768766770281$112,000.00
T15Jhonattan Vegas-766747071281$112,000.00
T15Aaron Baddeley-768687372281$112,000.00
T20Sam Saunders-671736969282$84,467.00
T20Robert Garrigus-668737170282$84,467.00
T20Danny Lee-669697272282$84,467.00
T23Spencer Levin-570717468283$53,709.00
T23Geoff Ogilvy-568747269283$53,709.00
T23Peter Uihlein-571717269283$53,709.00
T23Mackenzie Hughes-572707368283$53,709.00
T23D.A. Points-568717470283$53,709.00
T23Charley Hoffman-571726971283$53,709.00
T23Bernd Wiesberger-570717270283$53,709.00
T23Vaughn Taylor-567747567283$53,709.00
T23Harold Varner, III-568737171283$53,709.00
T23Andres Gonzales-575677566283$53,709.00
T23Stewart Cink-566717373283$53,709.00
T34Angel Cabrera-469697670284$36,120.00
T34Robert Streb-477657369284$36,120.00
T34Chad Campbell-471717468284$36,120.00
T34Ryan Blaum-468747468284$36,120.00
T34Tony Finau-471737268284$36,120.00
T39Patrick Cantlay-370737171285$28,700.00
T39Morgan Hoffmann-371737170285$28,700.00
T39Beau Hossler-370717470285$28,700.00
T39Charles Howell III-370717272285$28,700.00
T39John Huh-370717569285$28,700.00
T44Nick Taylor-269717472286$21,756.00
T44J.J. Spaun-269727570286$21,756.00
T44Blayne Barber-272727270286$21,756.00
T44Kevin Chappell-272716875286$21,756.00
T44Bryson DeChambeau-271687869286$21,756.00
T49Chris Wood-173707173287$17,103.00
T49Matt Jones-170727372287$17,103.00
T49Kevin Streelman-168767172287$17,103.00
T49James Hahn-170737470287$17,103.00
T49Johnson Wagner-169707870287$17,103.00
T49Sean O'Hair-170747370287$17,103.00
T55Troy MerrittE67757373288$15,750.00
T55Billy HorschelE68737275288$15,750.00
T55JT PostonE70717077288$15,750.00
T55Tyrone van AswegenE69737571288$15,750.00
T55Grayson MurrayE68757570288$15,750.00
T55Phil MickelsonE72727470288$15,750.00
T61J.J. Henry+171717572289$15,050.00
T61Harris English+169727870289$15,050.00
T61Kyle Reifers+171717770289$15,050.00
T61Davis Love III+171727670289$15,050.00
T65Tom Hoge+267727477290$14,560.00
T65Matt Every+269727772290$14,560.00
T65Cody Gribble+275697472290$14,560.00
68Ben Crane+372727572291$14,280.00
T69Luke Donald+471717674292$14,070.00
T69Bryce Molder+468757574292$14,070.00
Source: ESPN

Kang began the day at 17 under, with Rickie Fowler hot on his heels just three strokes behind and Henley four back. The stage seemed set for a Kang-Fowler showdown, but it was Henley who instead crashed the party.

He wasted no time making up ground, posting birdies on five of the first eight holes Sunday. A double bogey on No. 9 set him back, but he responded with five more birdies on the back nine to pull away from the pack.

It was an impressive showing, as Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press noted:

"I wasn't expecting to go back to Augusta," Henley admitted, per the Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports). "I was planning on not going, but I was going to try my best to win. So, the fact I get to go back is pretty cool and I'm excited. It hasn't really sunk in yet."

"You never know what’s going to happen in this game," he added, per Golfweek.

You can see his full postmatch comments below, per the PGA Tour:

Perhaps most impressive among his barrage of birdies was this putt on No. 14, per the PGA Tour:

His putting was a huge strength throughout the tournament:

Kang and Fowler couldn't maintain Henley's torrid pace, meanwhile, shooting even par and two under, respectively. 

While Henley stole the show Sunday, he wasn't the only player to provide some memorable highlights. Angel Cabrera finished his tournament in style:

Henley's win granted him the final berth in the Masters, with the legendary tournament set to begin Thursday at Augusta National.

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