Russell Henley Leads in Greensboro After Weather-Delayed Day One

Russell Henley Leads Wyndham Championship Day One
Russell Henley putts on the 15th green during the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield CC on Aug 12, 2021 in Greensboro, NC. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton via Getty Images)

Russell Henley opened with a bogey-free 8-under 62 and was the clubhouse leader at the Wyndham Championship when play was suspended due to darkness.

The 32-year-old Georgia native finished his first day in Greensboro with an eagle and six birdies, highlighted by a three-hole stretch of eagle-birdie-birdie on Nos. 5, 6 and 7 and then three closing gains on his final four to reach 8 under.

“Definitely my short game,” said Henley when asked to cite the key to his opening round at Sedgefield Country Club.

“Had a couple holes where I put the ball in a terrible position and managed to get the ball up and down.

“Feel like I putted pretty well, made the putts I needed to make and made some par saves. Other than that, just, I don’t know, I feel like I played solid.”

Sung Kang, Ted Potter Jr., Michael Thompson, Chris Kirk, Hudson Swafford, Scott Piercy and Adam Hadwin were tied for second on 6 under.

Tournament favorite Webb Simpson was among a logjam of 13 players tied for ninth-place on 5 under.

Due to inclement weather, play was suspended at 5:01 p.m. with 61 players still on the course. The suspension lasted 2 hours and 7 minutes with play resuming at 7:08 p.m.

The second suspension, due to darkness, occurred at 8:15 p.m. with 32 players having not completed their opening rounds.


Wyndham Championship


Round-1 Leaderboard: Top 10

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 1)
1. Russell Henley -8 (62)
2. Sung Kang -6 (64)
2. Ted Potter, Jr. -6 (64)
2. Michael Thompson -6 (64)
2. Chris Kirk -6 (64)
2. Hudson Swafford -6 (64)
2. Scott Piercy -6 (64)
2. Adam Hadwin -6 (16)*
9. Tyler McCumber -5 (65)
9. Andrew Landry -5 (65)
9. Brian Stuard -5 (65)
9. Jhonattan Vegas -5 (65)
9. Michael Gligic -5 (65)
9. Denny McCarthy -5 (65)
9. Webb Simpson -5 (65)
9. Kevin Kisner -5 (65)
9. Erik van Rooyen -5 (65)
9. Nick Taylor -5 (17)*
*First round not complete.

Notables

19. Tommy Fleetwood -4 (66)
19. Padraig Harrington -4 (66)
19. Matt Kuchar -4 (66)
19. Adam Scott -4 (66)
19. Branden Grace -4 (66)
19. Justin Rose -4 (66)
19. Si Woo Kim -4 (66)
19. Aaron Wise -4 (66)
19. Sungjae Im -4 (66)
40. Bubba Watson -3 (67)
40. Francesco Molinari -3 (67)
61. Will Zalatoris -2 (68)
61. Ryan Moore -2 (68)
89. Matthew Wolff -1 (69)
89. Zach Johnson -1 (69)
89. Brandt Snedeker -1 (69)
89. Hideki Matsuyama -1 (69)
108. Gary Woodland E (70)
130. Rickie Fowler +1 (71)

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