Charleston’s Russell Henley misses Masters cut but vows ‘I’ll be back’


Russell Henley missed the Masters cut Friday, done in by a frustrating second-round 81 that followed his steady 72 on Thursday. But the PGA Tour rookie savored a week of thrills at Augusta National.

“It’s been incredible,” Henley said. “I got to play two (practice) rounds of golf with Tom Watson, one of them in the Par 3 Tournament. I definitely learned a lot from him and I’m going to be a better player because of this week, for sure.”

Henley, a Charleston resident who turned 24 Friday, already was looking forward to next week’s Heritage at Hilton Head, and more Masters moments.

“I’m going to be back,” the former University of Georgia All-American said. “I’m not (qualified) yet for next year, but I have a feeling I’m going to be back competing for the championship. That’s something I think about every day.”

He carded a double-bogey on the par 4 No. 5 hole, after slamming his ball left into the woods.

“I never felt comfortable with the driver, and obviously you have to drive the ball well out here,” Henley said.

“The swing didn’t feel very comfortable on the range to start the day and it carried over a little bit.”

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