Week makes big difference to Henry

May 29, 2001|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

POTOMAC - What a difference a week has made for J.J. Henry.

When the rookie PGA Tour member from Fairfield, Conn., failed to get an invitation to the Colonial tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, he opted for what he called a "reality check," by playing in the Buy.com tournament in Richmond, Va.

"I was tied for the lead going to the final round, shot 70 for 16-under par, and finished fourth," he said. The check was for $20,400.

Yesterday, Henry, 26, finished off his final Kemper Insurance Open round with a 5-under-par 66, a solo second place at 269, one stroke behind winner Frank Lickliter, and a check for $378,000.

Henry was tied with Lickliter when play was suspended Sunday evening, and as he said at the end: "I didn't sleep very well [Sunday] night. I had been on a roll and would have liked to finish, but you can't control the weather.

"It was my first chance to win, and I'm proud of the way I hung in there. I took away a lot of experience, and, hopefully, I can build on it.

"This goes a long way toward clinching my card for next year, and now I can go out there, work on my game, have fun, and not live and die with every shot," the runner-up said.

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