J.J. Henry puts Sunday's Byron Nelson double bogey behind him

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Updated Monday, May 21 at 10:37 PM

FORT WORTH - Jason Dufner won the HP Byron Nelson Championship with his birdie putt at 18, but for J.J. Henry, the shot he remembers most was the over-cooked seven iron at 17.

Henry, who lives in Fort Worth, double bogied the 17th hole, which cost him a tie for the lead.

"I woke up about four o'clock and was thinking about a couple of things that I maybe would have liked to have done differently," Henry said, after a Pro-Am at Colonial Country Club Monday.

"You think you'd be happy driving home, 'I just made a big check,' you’re breathing a little easier this year, but all he's got to remember is how did he hit it so far over the green at seventeen," said Colonial PGA Professional Dow Finsterwald Jr.

After a sleepless night, Henry was back on the golf course Monday, getting ready for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. His amateur partners didn't notice any difference.

"I can't say enough how gracious he was and made us feel comfortable," said Pro-Am partner John Cychol. "You know, we're just everyday guys."
 
Henry has played in 170 PGA tournaments since his only win on the tour back in 2006. Since then, he's finished second twice and third once, that was Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

"If I had do it all over again, I hit the same shot [on 17,]" Henry said. "I'd probably just hit one less club at 17."

Henry has never had much success at Colonial. Of the ten tournaments he's played here, he's missed the cut five times. His best finish was a tie for 22nd two years ago.

That's not much of a home course advantage.
 
"For whatever reason, I’ve never played real well here in the all the years I’ve played, but I know the golf course better than anyone in the field, that's for sure," Henry said. "So I know where to hit the shots. It's just a question of going out and doing it."

He'll get another chance with round one on Thursday.

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