Georgia native Henley books Masters berth with Shell Houston Open triumph

Kang heard the cheering and clapping from the preceding group following the popular Fowler, who delighted his overflowing gallery by picking up eight birdies in the first 14 holes, including a monster 50-footer putt at the seventh hole.

Having carved his drive way right Fowler looked to have saved a potential disaster when he found the back of the green with his second but he took four putts to hole out and the double bogey six dropped him back to 14-under and outright second. Sometimes that streaky nature can lead to a run of six missed cuts in seven starts, like he experienced at the beginning of a year ago, and sometimes it can lead to three straight rounds of 63, which Henley shot en route to victory in his very first start as a rookie in 2013.

Henley shot a 7-under-par 65 in the final round to pull off a three-shot victory. He never went more than two holes without a birdie.

"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.

Henley, who started the day third on the leaderboard, four strokes behind leader Kang, immediately mounted a charge to the front.

Russell Henley used a sensation Sunday final round to secure a spot in next week's Masters in Augusta.

"I wasn't expecting to go back to Augusta, " he said.

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At the par-five 13th, Henley and Kang were tied for the lead.

"I was trying to win by 10", he said.

"When he gets rolling with his putter, I've seen him just make everything", said caddie Todd Gjesvold. He sank six putts of at least 20 feet - a tournament course record since the stat began being recorded in 1983. I played really solid the first few rounds and then it shifted for two rounds. Thompson had marked a 1-foot putt with a coin on the 17th green during her third round Saturday, but she replaced the ball perhaps 1 inch out of position.

Henley's four-day total of 268 tied the 72-hole scoring mark that was established by Phil Mickelson in his win here in 2011.

Americans Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley were in a share of second place after both shotting 67s while first-round leader Rickie Fowler (71) was a further stroke back in fourth place.

Kang, who hasn't posted a victory since the 2013 Korean Open, settled in with birdies at the first and fourth holes.

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