Russell Henley secures 11th-hour Masters invitation with Houston Open victory

 
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Russell Henley carded a final-round 65 (Source: Getty)

American Russell Henley secured the final place at this week’s Masters after claiming a three-shot victory over South Korea’s Sung Kang at the Houston Open.

Despite a double-bogey at the par-three ninth, Henley carded a final-round 65 to finish on 20 under par, eclipse overnight leader Kang and seal the third PGA Tour victory of his career.

Fellow Americans Rickie Fowler and Luke List finished a shot adrift of Kang, who had been six clear of the field after 36 holes, although Georgia native Henley came to the fore to snare his fourth Masters appearance in five years.

“I feel like I’m starting to understand myself and what it takes to compete and what works for me,” said the 27-year-old.

“I’m starting to believe in myself and think ‘why can’t I win more?’. The belief is there.”

English pair Justin Rose and Andy Sullivan were part of a five-way tie for 15th after both fired a final round of 70 to finish seven under for the tournament.

Fellow Englishman Chris Wood was six shots further back and tied for 49th.