Both birdied the 10th and Henley gave himself a three-shot cushion when he rammed in a 44-footer on the 14th.
Both birdied the final four, magically escaping two poor tee shots on the 16th. On the next, Clark just laughed at his nemesis’ brilliance. On the last, Henley finally let his emotions out with a huge uppercut after his final putt again found the heart of the hole.
“He just never seemed to put a foot wrong, and when he did, he made those par putts,” said Clark, who posted the lowest total of his career and still only managed his 11th runner-up finish. “That's when you know a guy is comfortable, when he's making those sort of 8- to 10-footers for par.”
Eventually, Henley was making everything. He pointed to his escape at the 16th, after hooking his hybrid off the tee, as the most critical point in his ridiculously good day.
“That swing from that tee is the most nervous I have ever been in my life,” he said. “I could not control my legs or my arms, and I just hit it, and it was into the sun, I couldn’t see it. I knew it was going left. For that ball to stay inbounds, I don’t know where OB was, but for me to have a shot towards the green was probably the best break I’ve ever had.”
From 160 yards out, he hit a pitching wedge over a 60-foot-high tree some 50 yards in front of him — “one of the best shots I’ve ever hit.” It stopped 12 feet from the pin and he drained yet another putt, after Clark hit an even better punch shot in that left him five feet for birdie.
There would be no more trouble, on yet another ideal day at Waialae. Henley never looked at a leaderboard and “pretended” he was trailing all day to keep himself aggressive.