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Henley’s comeback win lands him inside Top 50

With a birdie on the first playoff hole at PGA National, Russell Henley collected his second career PGA Tour title winning The Honda Classic.

Henley (8-under overall) edged Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer for the victory which moved him up to No. 46 in the official World Golf Ranking – earning him a spot in this week’s World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship.

Henley was 110th in the world heading into The Honda Classic and 150-to-1 long shot to win before the week began at Ladbrokes.com. Last season on the PGA Tour, he finished 33rd on the Money List and 9th in Strokes Gained Putting.

McIlroy, the 54-hole leader and favorite to close out his 7th career win on the PGA Tour, made late double bogey in the Bear Trap at PGA National to open the door. Rory carded a 4-over-74 in the final round.

Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Stuart Appleby logged Top 10s at the Honda.

The story of the week might just be Tiger Woods, who withdrew Sunday after 13 holes with lower back pain. Woods shot 40 on the front nine and was falling down the leader board.

On the European Tour, Ross Fisher (20-under) moved to 68th in the rankings with his fifth career title winning the Tshwane Open by three shots.

Other Golf News:

  • Paula Creamer’s comeback victory at the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore moved her to No. 8 in the Rolex Rankings.
  • Brendon de Jonge, who was in the final pairing with McIlroy on Saturday after opening 66-64, stumbled to the finish at PGA National. He shot 76-78 on the weekend to end up T-63.
  • Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott finished T-12 at PGA National and will be among the favorites this week at Trump National for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
  • McIlroy moved up two places to No. 6 in the world rankings with his runner-up finish. For Palmer, he made bogey at the 72nd hold in regulation play and then lost in the playoff. It was his second runner-up effort this season moving him to 39th in the rankings.