Henry sets red-hot pace in Vegas with a 60
(Reuters) - American J.J. Henry took advantage of soft greens and near-perfect scoring conditions to fire a sizzling 11-under-par 60 in Thursday's opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.
With barely a breath of wind in the high Nevada desert, Henry sank two lengthy putts to finish birdie-eagle for a course record at the TPC Summerlin and seize a one-shot lead over Argentina's Andres Romero, who recorded two eagles.
Americans James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton opened with 63s while former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson carded a 64 as more than half the field dipped under par at a PGA Tour event known for low scoring.
Henry, however, commanded the spotlight in the second event of the PGA Tour's 2013-14 season as he scorched his back nine in seven-under 28 after starting the round at the par-four 10th.
Having reached the turn in four under, he birdied the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and par-three eighth, where he rolled in a 20-footer, to get to nine under for the round.
He then signed off in style, draining a 55-foot putt for eagle from just off the green at the ninth before raising his putter high in celebration.
"It was just kind of one of those days," Henry, a double winner on the PGA Tour who is playing in Las Vegas for the first time since 2009, told Golf Channel. "The golf course was beautiful today - not much wind and the greens were pretty soft.
"It was nice to make that putt on my last hole for a little eagle and make lunch taste that much better."
Henry had set up the eagle putt by hitting a good drive followed by a hybrid club for his second shot which ended up just off the back left of the green. Continued...