|J.J. Henry sets course record at TPC Summerlin|
J.J. Henry flirted with a 59 during his opening round when he carded a course record 11-under 60, en route to taking the lead after round one in Las Vegas.
Henry, a two-time PGA Tour winner began his round with little flash, carding two pars on Nos. 10 and 11, as he began on the back nine at TPC Summerlin.
From there, it was an all out assault on the course and score card.
After his first birdie on the par-4, 12th -- Henry carded three birdies in a row from holes 15 through 17, making the turn at 4-under, 32.
"I played solid on the front nine. It's pretty cold in the morning," Henry said. "There wasn't much wind and the greens were pretty soft. It was nice to make that putt on the last hole to make lunch taste that much better."
Three birdies in a row is a great way to get some momentum going for the inward nine. Though the former TCU Horned Frog took a little more than momentum coming in on his closing nine.
A routine par on No. 1 followed by a birdie on the par-4 second would quickly give way to some very, very low scoring for the Fort Worth, TX. resident.
Henry would card three more birdies in a row from No. 4 through No. 6. Another birdie on No. 8 followed by an Eagle to close his round out on the par-5, 9th giving him the out right lead and of course, the course record at TPC Summerlin.
"Any time you start with the round I had, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the week." Said Henry after his record round. The previous course record (61) was shot in 2012 by Ryan Moore.
Showcasing that hitting greens and making putts is still the money making area on the PGA Tour. Henry ranked first in GIR's (94.44%) and Strokes Gained Putting (1.353) as well as fourth in Putts per GIR in round one.
Henry leads at 11-under over Andres Romero (-10) James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton (-8)