Henson triumphs at Philippine Open
Just call him back-to-back Berry.
American Berry Henson fired a final-round 73 to win his second Asian Tour title in as many tournaments, using a critical up-and-down on No. 18 to hold off Jay Bayron to capture the ICTSI Philippine Open in Manila.
“I feel like I went 72 rounds with Manny Pacquiao this week and didn’t get KO’d,” Henson said Sunday. “I played on a very difficult golf course and the weather was brutal. It was a hard win.”
He earned $47,550 with the victory.
South Africa’s Jbe Kruger finished third, while Digvijay Singh was fourth.
Henson held a three-shot lead heading into the back nine, but bogeys on Nos. 12 and 17 opened the door for Bayron.
“We were all struggling to make birdies and stay aggressive on the back nine,” Henson said. “I made a couple of mistakes coming in but everything worked out for me on the last hole.”
Bayron, a local standout, made an eagle on No. 2, but bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15 were setbacks from which he couldn’t recover.
“Honestly, I was playing for second after the 15th hole,” said the 2005 Southeast Asian Games team gold medallist. “I tried to keep the thought of winning out of my mind for the entire round. Finishing second is a good result for me and I hope to build on this confidence.”
– Asiangolfdaily.com contributed.