Russell Henley

Russell Henley

32-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
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.
ANALYSIS
After making the cut on the number, Henley found his groove over the weekend with closing rounds of 66-67 to climb into the top-25. In typical fashion, his iron play was in great form, gaining over seven shots on approach to lead the field for the tournament. Although Henley hasn't been in contention to win much this year, he's remained consistent with five top-25s over his last eight starts.
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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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Unable to convert three-shot lead
August 15, 2021
Henley squandered the 54-hole lead by shooting a one-over 71 in the final round of the Wyndham Championship.
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Posts four rounds in the 60s
July 11, 2021
Henley carded a three-under 68 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to finish tied for 11th place.
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Struggles with Sunday 76
June 21, 2021
Henley carded a five-over 76 on Sunday at the U.S. Open to finish even-par and tied for 13th place.
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Leads in SG: Approach to finish T-9
April 18, 2021
Henley carded a four-under 67 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish 11-under and tied for ninth.
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Leads in SG: Putting at Honda
March 21, 2021
Henley posted a two-under 68 on Sunday at The Honda Classic to finish six-under and tied for third place.
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