RENO, Nev. J.J. Henry won the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title, beating Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha by a point in the modified Stableford event.
Henry finished with 43 points. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. They were docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.
Henry had three birdies on the front nine, then mostly stayed out of trouble on the mountain course’s more difficult back nine. He had four birdies and a bogey for seven points in the round on the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf & Country Club course.
Argentina’s Andres Romero was third with 37 points, followed by John Mallinger with 34.
John Daly and Justin Leonard tied for fifth at 33. It was Daly’s best finish since 2005.
Rocha needed to eagle the par-5 18th to have a chance to become the first Brazilian winner on the PGA Tour, but had to scramble for birdie after his approach bounced into the gallery left of the green.
Henry two-putted for par from 12 feet to secure the victory. He earned a spot next week in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, and the $540,000 winner’s check pushed his season earnings past $1.2 million and career total to $12.7 million. He also won the 2006 Buick Championship.
The 37-year-old Henry had precious eagles in each of the first three rounds in the scoring system that rewards aggressive play. The format hadn’t been used on the PGA Tour since the 2006 International in Colorado.
Henry parred his first four holes Sunday, then made birdies from 24 feet on the par-4 fifth and 15 feet on the sixth. He added a third when he hit his drive 380 yards on the 636-yard eighth, hit his third shot to 6 feet and made the putt.
He opened a six-point lead when he made a 3-foot birdie on the 15th, but bogeyed the 16th and watched his lead shrink to three when Rocha answered with a 6-foot birdie putt.
That left Rocha trailing 43-40 but still in the tourney headed to the 597-yard downhill closing hole guarded by a pond on the right.
Rocha drove left into the waste area, but it kicked out into the fairway about 315 yards from the green. His approach hit a cart path and bounced into the gallery left of the green.
He was able to get up and down for birdie, but Henry hit his 12-foot birdie attempt inside a foot and tapped in for par.
BLAINE, Minn. Bernhard Langer rallied to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years, shooting a 10-under 62 on Sunday to overcome a six-stroke deficit.
The 54-year-old German finished at 18-under 198 at the TPC Twin Cities for his 15th Champions Tour title. He ended a 24-event victory drought, his longest on the 50-and-over tour.
David Peoples, three strokes ahead entering the final round, had it on cruise control much of the day and shot a 70 to finish second – two shots behind. The runner-up finish is his best in 51 starts on the tour.
Kenny Perry and Olin Browne tied for third at 15 under. Perry had a 64, and Browne shot 66.
Langer, also the 2009 event champion, was 5 under on the front nine, added birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 to get within two shots of the lead, and birdied Nos. 14 and 15 to tie Peoples at 17 under.
Moments after Peoples bogeyed No. 16, Langer put his 218-yard approach within 7 feet on the par-5 18th to set up a clinching birdie. It was the largest final-round comeback in the history of the tournament.
Langer joined Hale Irwin as the only multiple winners in the event. Irwin won in 1997, 1999 and 2002.
Peoples, who last won on the PGA Tour at the 1992 Anheuser-Busch Classic, said his goal entering the day with a three-shot lead was to be aggressive and not worry about what other players were doing. To that extent, he rarely looked at the leaderboard.
The 52-year-old Peoples birdied three of the first five holes to open a five-stroke lead, but while he made par on 11 straight holes before the bogey on No. 16, others were closing the gap. Peoples also had a bogey on the par-3 17th before a birdie at 18.
The 67-year-old Irwin shot a 65, the first time he's beaten his age in tournament play. His round included a 171-yard hole-out for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole, something never done in the 12 years the event has been at the TPC Twin Cities. He birdied six straight holes on the back nine, but bogeyed No. 18 after his second shot landed in the water while he tried to lay up. He tied for 50th at 3 under.