BY GENE SAPAKOFF
AUGUSTA - Russell Henley made strides at the Masters this year, and plans to do better in 2015.
"Absolutely. It's just one or two things every day," Henley, a Kiawah Island resident, said Sunday after his final-round 75 left him 5-over-par for his second Masters. "My game is getting closer and closer. I finished tied for seventh last week (at the Shell Houston Open) with a 66 on Sunday. I made the cut at the Masters for the first time. I'm doing a lot of good things and I'm close to playing some excellent golf."
Progress came throughout a week of warm weather, tricky breeze and fast greens. Sunday, Henley made four bogeys - including one on the par 3 No. 12 hole when he drove into the water - before making his first birdie on the par 5 No. 13.
He followed with another birdie at No. 14, a par 4 with a long putt.
"I got a little lucky on 13," Henley said. "But you have to take what you can get out here. On 14, I put it in the hole beautifully."
The former University of Georgia golfer, now playing out of the Kiawah Island Club, missed the Masters cut last year.
This week, Henley shot 73-70-75-75.
Now it's on to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage tournament that starts Thursday.
"It's probably my favorite tournament that's a regular tour event," said Henley, who turned 25 on Saturday. "The family is going to be there, I'm staying in a condo and a lot of friends from Charleston are coming down. It should be fun."
It was a bittersweet Masters week for Lucas Glover. The former Clemson golfer shot a 69 on Friday, his best round in seven trips to Augusta.
But this was the last year of Glover's five-year Masters exemption earned with his 2009 U.S. Open championship.
Glover had a 75 in the final round Sunday.
At 75-69-77-75 for the tournament, the Greenville native finished 8-over-par.
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