'Mr Sunday' Henson aims to live up to billing at the Panasonic Open Championship

Thu 05 Apr 2018

'Mr Sunday' Henson aims to live up to billing at the Panasonic Open Championship


Osaka, Japan, April 5:  Berry Henson of the United States hopes to play to his true potential and contend for his second Asian Tour title when the Panasonic Open Championship begins at the Ibaraki Country Club in a fortnight. 

The American has enjoyed a resurgent in his career following his comeback from injury where he was out of action for close to 18 months since June 2016.

Henson, who returned to competitive golf last December, has notched three top-10 finishes in five starts so far this season.

While no less than 30 Asian Tour winners are expected to feature at the Panasonic Open Championship which is the third event to be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) this year, Henson believes he can savour another memorable Sunday bliss in Osaka. 

“I’m Mr. Sunday. It’s awesome. My game has been so good and I just needed to trust myself. 

“I’ve been coming close to unlocking the winner’s door again and I know my game is good enough for me to do so again. It’s just a matter of time,” said the 38-year-old. 

Henson signaled his arrival in Asia when he claimed his breakthrough Asian Tour title in the Philippines and became the rookie of the year in 2011. He now follows a strict fitness regime which is starting to pay off.

“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.

“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,” said Henson.

Away from the golf course, Henson has also found time to contribute to charitable cause as an ambassador for the Habitat for Humanity where he is currently in sixth place on their standings, which is the Asian Tour’s season-long Order of Merit.

“I am honored and excited to support Habitat for Humanity. It is about getting chances to give back. I’m glad to be associated with an organization that helps people in over 70 countries. It will be cool to travel around the world and let everybody know about Habitat for Humanity,” said Henson.

The Panasonic Open Championship is the concluding leg of the Panasonic swing where the top-three finishers in the final ranking will earn US$70,000, US$50,000 and US$30,000 respectively via a bonus pool reward scheme.

India’s Shiv Kapur currently leads the Panasonic Swing which is based on an aggregate points ranking earned by players at the following five tournaments- 2017 Thailand Open, 2017 Panasonic Open India, 2018 Maybank Championship (Malaysia), 2017 Indonesian Masters and 2018 Panasonic Open Championship.

A minimum of two events are required to be played inclusive of the Panasonic Open Championship in order to qualify for the Panasonic Swing bonus pool. There will be a x1.5 multiplier for points earned at the Panasonic Open Championship.