Uber Driver Turned Tour Contender, Berry Henson Requires Purpose

Berry Henson is a 42-year-old professional golfer who has teed it up around the world, bouncing from tour to tour, but mostly as a member of the Asia Tour.

The vegabond tour golfer owns one career win – the 2011 ICTSI Phillipine Open, and just five weeks ago was driving a Uber – not for money, but to make his life meaningful.

After opening rounds of back-to-back 67s, the one-time cab driver was 10-under par and just five shots off the halftime pace at the Hero Open.

He was stunned. To say the least.

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Berry Henson celebrates an eagle with his caddie on the 12th hole during the second round of The Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews on August 6, 2021 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington via Getty Images)

“I haven’t played much golf in the last two years,” said Henson. “Shoot, I was driving Uber five weeks ago. So to be out here competing on the European Tour…I was driving Uber and now this week people are watching me play golf. I’m just enjoying being out here.

“The alter ego… back home everyone calls me the Hensonator. They tell me to go Hensonate them. That’s what I’ve been doing in these conditions. It’s just fun, I like to have fun and joke around.”

“I have to keep my mind busy, that’s the type of person I am. I can’t sit at home and not do something that’s earning money – it’s not that I needed the money – but I needed to feel like I had a purpose.

“That gave me an option when I went home and I had great conversations.

“So, any of my Uber passengers out there who are saying ‘I know that guy’: what’s up?”

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