5 Things You Need To Know About Russell Henley

By Matthew Castonguay
Monday September 1st, 2014 12:58 pm EDT

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Russell Henley has been making plenty of noise this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship — but making noise with his golf game is nothing new to the kid from Georgia. From great success in college to making a major splash in his first start on the PGA Tour, Henley has proven he’s the real deal.

Here are five things you need to know about Henley. 

At 25, he’s already won — twice — on the PGA Tour
In 2013, Russell Henley burst onto center stage by winning his first career start on the PGA Tour. When he captured the Sony Open in Hawaii, Henley joined Garrett Willis (2001), Robert Gamez (1990), Ben Crenshaw (1973) and Marty Fleckman (1967) as the only players in Tour history to accomplish the feat. In March of this year,Henley held off Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy and Ryan Palmer in a four-man playoff at the Honda Classic for career win No. 2. 

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He’s a very talented guitar player
When Henley isn’t busy contending on the PGA Tour, he enjoys rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves and playing the guitar. Henley is very good on the old six-string — since, you know, it’s not enough to be a talented golfer, the guy needs to be an accomplished guitar player, too. Check out his skills in this video he did for Golfweek last year: 

2010 Haskins Award winner
Looking back at Henley’s amateur career, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he’s one of just a handful of players to win multiple times on the PGA Tour before the age of 25. In college, he was a force to be reckoned with. In 2010, Henley won the Haskins Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer, putting him on a list that includes names like Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, David Duval, Matt Kuchar and many more PGA Tour winners. 

Collected 1st Web.com Tour win as an amateur
In 2011, Henley turned heads at the professional level for the first time. Playing in the Web.com Tour’s Stadion Classic at UGA as an amateur, Henley was unstoppable — and became just the second amateur to win a tournament in tour history. The win came on the heals of his Haskins Award-winning 2010 season, only further confirming that Henley was for real. 

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Yet another talented University of Georgia alum
It seems like every other week someone from the University of Georgia is winning on the PGA Tour. Henley’s win at the Honda Classic made him one of six Bulldogs to win on tour in 2014. Henley joined Bubba Watson, Chris Kirk, Brian Harman, Brendan Todd and Harris English as Georgia alumni to pick up victories this season as they totaled eight wins altogether. 

Related Link: Henley Shreds On Guitar

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