Sentosa, Singapore, January 29: American Berry Henson continued his impressive comeback from injury after securing a fourth-place finish at the US$750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Sunday.
The 38-year-old Henson, who returned to competitive golf last December after being sidelined by a wrist injury for 18 months, closed with a sparkling seven-under-par 64 to secure his second straight top-10 result.
He took full advantage of his medical exemption after totaling 10-under-par 274 which was three shots back of the champion Paul Peterson at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club. He also shot a 65 in the final round in Singapore to place eighth.
“I’m Mr. Sunday. It’s awesome. My game has been so good. I just needed to trust myself. I trusted myself in Singapore and I trusted myself again this week and I felt good,” said a beaming Henson.
He faced the prospect of never playing competitive golf again but stayed positive and worked his way back to the region’s premier Tour where he has won once in 2011.
“I didn’t know if I was ever going to play golf again. I went through two pretty major wrist surgeries but I stayed positive. My doctor told me I was going to be fine and I worked hard on my body and did everything I could to get back out here. The people who worked hard to get me back into the game were awesome.
“I feel so strong now and my body feels great. As I started to play golf again, I could see the changes in my swing and I was shooting some really good numbers. I knew tournament rust was not going to be too much of an issue and it was basically believing in my abilities to play at the highest level again,” Henson added.
Peterson, graduated from Qualifying School in 2014, was thrilled to win his first title on the Asian Tour. “This victory is very special as the Asian Tour is where I started and to be able to get a win here really means a lot.
“I had to make that transition from Asia to Europe and I was trying to play in as many events as I could so it just feels right that I’m finally able to have a win under my belt out here in Myanmar,” said the 29-year-old Peterson.
Newly-minted Asian Tour champion Peterson took over the lead on the Merit rankings after taking home the winner’s cheque of US$135,000. South African Shaun Norris sits in second place with US$112,200.
Henson moved to third place on the 2018 Asian Tour Order of Merit with earnings of US$58,112 while Thai duo Jazz Janewattananond and Danthai Boonma occupied fourth and fifth places respectively.
The Tour will head to Malaysia for the Maybank Championship this week. The US$3 million event, co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the European Tour, will take place at the Saujana Golf and Country Club from February 1 to 4.
Asian Tour Order of Merit – Top-20
Pos Player Order of Merit (US$)
1. Paul PETERSON (USA) 135,000
2. Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 112,200
3. Berry HENSON (USA) 58,112.5
4. Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 50,312.67
5. Danthai BOONMA (THA) 45,500
6. Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 30,550.5
7. Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 28,024.33
8. Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 25,700
9. Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 23,433.93
10. Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 21,691
11. Gavin GREEN (MAS) 20,612.5
12. LIANG Wenchong (CHN) 19,150
13. Arjun ATWAL (IND) 18,141
14. Mikumu HORIKAWA (JPN) 15,338
15. Danny MASRIN (INA) 15,283.33
16. Ben LEONG (MAS) 15,262.67
17. Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 14,975
18. Casey O’TOOLE (USA) 13,716.67
19. Shiv KAPUR (IND) 13,000
20. CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 12,950
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