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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fairfield's J.J. Henry wins third PGA Tour event

Fairfield native J.J. Henry (above) eagled the second playoff hole to win the Barracuda Championship over Kyle Reifers Sunday night in Reno, Nevada.

Henry, 40, birdied the final hole of regulation to get into a playoff with Reifers. Both players birdied the par-5 18th hole, the first hole of the sudden-death playoff, then went back to the tee and played it again.

Reifers missed an eagle putt to tie Henry, who won his third PGA Tour event and second in Reno, the other coming in 2012. Henry also won the 2006 Buck Classic in Cromwell, now known as the Travelers Championship.

Henry sat at 150th place in the FedExCup standings coming into the week and needed at least a top-five finish either this week or in the Wyndham Championship to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs. The top 125 players in the standings compete beginning Aug. 27. Henry moves up to the 76th spot.

More importantly, Henry gets a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour through the 2016-17 season and earns a spot in this week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. He also gets into the Players Championship next May.

Henry goes off at 8:45 a.m. Thursday with Brian Harman and Adam Rainaud, an assistant pro at the Black Hall Club in Old Lyme, who qualified by finishing tied for 10th at the PGA Professional National Championship last month.



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