Henley wins Chiquita Classic in playoff

Russell Henley as seen during the 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at The River Club in Suwanee, Ga.

WEDDINGTON, N.C. – Russell Henley bounced back from a fourth-round bogey at No. 18 – one that dropped him into a three-way tie with Patrick Cantlay and Morgan Hoffmann and forced a playoff – making par at the final hole to win the playoff and capture the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic on Sept. 30 at the Club at Longview.

Henley, who now has two wins on the Web.com Tour, held a one-stroke lead heading into the par-4 18th, but hit his approach shot into the water and had to make a 20-footer to force a playoff. Cantlay had missed a 25-footer for birdie to win at No. 18. The pair finished at 22-under 266 to tie with Hoffmann.

On the playoff hole, it was Hoffmann who found the hazard. And after Cantlay, who was trying to become the 21st Monday qualifier to win on the tour, missed the green short on his second shot, Henley stuck it to about 20 feet and then two-putted from there to capture the tournament.

The Chiquita Classic will be part of a four-event playoff series next year that will determine PGA Tour cards for the following season.

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