Russell Henley

Russell Henley

33-Year-Old Golfer
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2021–22 Fantasy Outlook
Henley has always been a good player on the PGA Tour, on the cusp of something better, yet he's never found that extra gear. He came closest in 2017 when he picked up a victory and more than $3.4 million, but the three seasons that followed left a lot to be desired. He started his way back in 2020-21 when he earned two third-place finishes and more than $2.5 million, but it seems like his ceiling is still south of $4 million. As such, he's not a great salary cap option this season, but he'll have plenty of value in draft leagues. Read Past Outlooks
Eventful final round at TPC Sawgrass
March 15, 2022
Henley fired a four-under 68 on Monday at THE PLAYERS Championship to finish six-under and tied for 13th.
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Henley opened his final round at TPC Sawgrass with a double bogey on the par-4 10th, but he immediately rebounded with an albatross on the par-5 11th hole, making an approach shot from 240 yards out. Henley went on to card two birdies as well as an eagle on the par-5 second hole, so it was quite a roller coaster en route to the top-15 result. He ultimately paced the entire field in SG: Approach across four rounds, but Henley won't be in attendance at the upcoming Valspar Championship.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Henley took a big step in ball striking last season, ranking top-10 in both SG: Approach and proximity to the hole. He was also top-15 on Tour in scrambling. While Henley isn't the longest hitter, he has always been pretty accurate throughout his career. If his putter ever comes around to where it was at the beginning of his career, we could see a breakout season for the former Georgia Bulldog.
Unless you are an elite golfer, any season that ends with your PGA Tour card for the following season is a good one. It that sense, Henley has had seven good seasons on the PGA Tour. However, he set the bar pretty high by topping the $2 million mark his first three seasons on the PGA Tour and he further extended it three season ago when he topped $3.4 million. With a number just over $1.1 million, Henley is not quite a "must-have," but he should be given strong consideration in salary cap formats this season.
Prior to last season, Henley had spent five full seasons on the PGA Tour and he'd picked-up wins in three of those five seasons. He also cracked the $2 million barrier in four of his first five season on the PGA Tour. Last season however, he did neither. The 2017-2018 season wasn't a complete failure, after all, he finished inside the top-100 on the FedEx points list, but it certainly wasn't a success. Henley definitely took a step back last season, but there's no reason to think he'll continue down that path. The upside is there and his floor should be just about where he finished last season. In other words, a good recipe for a salary cap pick.
Henley had a solid season last year, but it's not quite what you'd expect from someone who finished top-20 on the FedEx list. Henley did pick up a victory at the Shell Houston Open, but he posted only two other top-5s during the season. It didn't hurt that one of those top-5s, was a third-place finish at the Tour Championship, but still, his resume from last season doesn't seem to add up to $3.4 million in earnings. Henley was a two-time winner heading into the season, so his numbers from last season are not that surprising, but his earnings from last season were quite the jump from his previous high of $2.5 million. With that in mind, $3.4 million is probably too much to spend on Henley in salary cap leagues this season.
Henley started his PGA Tour career in-style with a win in his first year and an earnings total over $2 million. He followed that with another nearly identical season in year-two. Year -three was missing the win, but he still managed to climb above the $2 million mark. As for what happened in year-four -- that's hard to say as Henley had his worst season as a pro on the PGA Tour. With three seasons above the $2 million plateau on his resume already, he's primed for a bounce-back this year. As such, he's a great salary cap candidate this season. In drafts, he should go near the sixth or seventh round.
It hasn't taken Henley long to adjust to life on the PGA Tour. In his rookie season, Henley earned five top-25s, three top-10s, and one win. In his second season, he earned five top-25s, three top-10s and one win. See a pattern here? The difference between his first and second seasons was about $500k. Normally we'd like to see more of a jump between seasons, but considering last year was just his second year on the PGA Tour, it looks pretty impressive. There's no telling where his ceiling is, but it looks pretty high right now. Henley comes as a high price this season, but he is worth a look in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues he could go early in the 2nd round.
Henley peaked early in the 2013 season with a win at the Sony Open, but he struggled to build on that win the rest of the way. Players who have that type of resume are hard to get behind because you never know if they can find the magic for one week again during the current year. As such, Henley is a no go in salary cap leagues and probably should go in the 50-60 range in drafts.
Henley came on late in 2012, winning twice in a three-week span with a third-place finish mixed in. It was an impressive comeback for Henley, who didn’t have a top-10 until mid-July. In the end, he finished with seven in 26 starts and goes to the PGA TOUR via the Web.com Tour ripe with confidence off the hot finish. If he drives it like he did last year – he was sixth in total driving, which is the combination of distance and accuracy – then he should be in contention early and often on the PGA TOUR in 2013. If his name sounds familiar it might be because he won in 2011 as an amateur, the same feat as Harris English, who made $1.2 million as a PGA TOUR rookie in 2012.
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Devoid of clutch gene
January 17, 2022
Henley carded a five-under-par 65 on Sunday at the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish 23-under alongside Hideki Matsuyama, but the former stumbled to a bogey on the first playoff hole as Matsuyama produced a stunning eagle to emerge victorious.
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T22 in Sea Island
November 23, 2021
Henley carded a two-under 68 on Sunday at the RSM Classic to finish 10-under and tied for 22nd.
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Balanced game leads to top-10
November 14, 2021
Henley carded an even-par 70 in the final round of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open to finish in a tie for seventh place.
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Ties for 56th in Mexico
November 9, 2021
Henley fired a four-under 67 on Sunday at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba to finish seven-under and tied for 56th.
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Leads in SG: Approach in Vegas
October 10, 2021
Henley carded a four-under 67 on Sunday at the Shriners Children's Open to finish tied for 21st.
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