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Cowtown coup: Fort Worth residents Henry, Piller both win tour titles

J.J. Henry, right, posed for photos with TCU football coach Gary Patterson at the Colonial Pro Am at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth in May.
J.J. Henry, right, posed for photos with TCU football coach Gary Patterson at the Colonial Pro Am at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth in May. Star-Telegram

Fort Worth residents J.J. Henry and Martin Piller both won pro golf tour events Sunday, a rare, and possibly unprecedented, feat in Cowtown golf annals.

Each golfer helped himself significantly on their respective tour’s money list.

Henry won with an eagle putt; Piller won with a 65 after shooting a second-round 62.

Henry prevails in Reno playoff

The former TCU standout won the Barracuda Championship for the second time in four years Sunday, beating Kyle Reifers with a 15-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff in Reno, Nev.

After Henry holed the left-to-right breaking putt on the par-5 18th, Reifers missed a 10-footer.

“I knew obviously playing here that it’s kind of coming down the mountain, if you will, from the front of that green. I knew there was a good chance the ball would get to the hole if I got it on line, and that’s exactly what I did. It went right in the middle of the hole.

“I don’t know how athletic I looked when I jumped up for joy, but it’s a heck of a feeling when you make a putt like that. When you do it to win on the PGA Tour is even that much more special.”

The 40-year-old Henry also won the 2012 tournament. His other PGA Tour title came in 2006 in his home state of Connecticut.

“I just love being here,” Henry said of the Reno area. “The people are great. It’s just a beautiful spot to be this time of year to play golf. I think I figured out how to play out here in the altitude. A lot of math this week. Adding, subtracting elevation change and such.”

Henry jumped from 150th to 76th in the FedEx Cup standings and got a spot in the PGA Championship next week at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Reifers had three back-nine eagles in a 22-point round to match Henry at 47 points at Montreux Golf and Country Club in the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford event.

Henry closed with a birdie for a six-point round. Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.

On 18 on the first extra hole, Reifers made a 12-foot birdie putt after Henry chipped to 1 1/2 feet to set up his birdie.

Patrick Rodgers was a point back after an 11-point round.

Andres Gonzales was fourth at 43 after a 10-point round, and David Toms was another point back after scoring two points.

Piller wins again

Former Texas A&M standout Martin Piller tied the Digital Ally Open tournament scoring record, finishing at 26-under 258 in Overland Park, Kan., for his second Web.Com Tour victory of the year.

Piller, 29, closed with a 6-under 65. He earned $108,000 to jump from fifth to second on the money list with $309,549, more than enough for a PGA Tour card next season. He won the Boise Open last month and has five career tour titles.

Piller, who went to Duncanville High School, opened with rounds of 65, 62 and 65. His wife, Gerina, is on the LPGA Tour.

Darron Stiles was second, four strokes back after a 67.

Watch video from Piller’s victory on the PGA Tour Web.Com site.

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