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Rocha, who led after the second round, was trying to become the first Brazilian to win on the PGA TOUR. Needing an eagle on the last hole to force a playoff, he came up just short with a birdie.


Henry was gracious in victory.


“Alex played great and really kept the pressure on down the stretch to make it interesting out there,” said Henry. “To be honest, those are some stressful closing holes coming in. There’s a lot of drama and a lot of things that kind of go through your mind—good, bad and indifferent—on those last couple of holes.”


Despite his runner-up finish, Rocha was pleased with his performance. Rocha had won nine times around the world since 2000, when


nine times around the world since 2000, when he was an All-American at Mississippi State, but was still seeking his first PGA TOUR win in his second full year on TOUR. His previous best finish was a tie for 20th at the 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Orlando. “This is a whole new level for me,” said Rocha, who had a blistering birdie-birdie- birdie-eagle start on Friday. “I’ve never been in this position before. In fact, I’ve never been anywhere near this position before. Having been under the gun for three days now, playing in the last group for the last two days, which is also a first for me—I thought I did pretty good. I couldn’t be any happier with my performance this week.”


After the tournament, Henry admitted he had a little extra confidence coming into the week. “I even said to some friends and my caddie—not to sound cocky or full of yourself, but I really thought I was going to have a great week,” said Henry. “Sometimes when you believe it, good things happen. And that’s exactly what happened this week for me.” ■


PLAYER J.J. Henry


FINAL STANDINGS 1 2 10


POS


Alexandre Rocha Andres Romero John Mallinger John Daly


Justin Leonard Josh Teater


Todd Hamilton Brendan Steele Tom Pernice Jr.


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1 2 3 4


T5 8 14


12 16 7


11 11 10


9


T5 5 7


11


10 0


T8 9 6 T8 6


T8 7 6 10


CHARITY LINK


Since its inception in 1999, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation has worked diligently to benefit nonprofit organizations in the community and has to date provided $2.5 million in charitable donations. The fundraising activities of the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation have centered primarily around three groups— Women, Military, and Children—with events and programs dedicated specifically to each, including the famed Women’s Day event featuring Annika Sorenstam. From the Salute to Troops military theme weaved throughout each Reno-Tahoe Open, including a home giveaway to a wounded warrior, to the Chip in For Schools ticket-selling program for school children, the Reno-Tahoe Open strives to make each tournament better than the previous year by continuing its commitment to giving and involving the entire community.


Course Insight


MONTRÊUX GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB


This spectacular course was ranked as the third- best new private course by Golf Digest in 1998. It was designed by Jack Nicklaus, who strived to preserve as many trees as possible and his efforts were praised by local environmentalists. He routed the holes through thick stands of towering pines, while taking every opportunity to provide stunning views of Mount Rose. The course features creeks,


seven lakes, four


waterfalls, and challenging changes in elevation. A flood destroyed No. 8 in 1997, which had to be rebuilt the following year. In 2002, three additional holes were added to the course to the right of No. 15. These replaced the previous Nos. 10, 11 and 12. The most notable string of holes is the “Bear Trap,” Nos. 15, 16 and 17.


3 4 14 7


9 9 10 10


6 2


9 5 11 14


7 9


8 7 7 7 11


6


TOTAL SCORE


43 42 37 34 33 33 34 30 30 30


FEDEXCUP POINTS


13 With his victory, J.J.


Henry became the 13th


American to


win the Reno- Tahoe Open in the event’s 14-year history.


GOLF CHANNEL


Ticket Information www.renotahoeopen.com


PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 145


Tournament Record 267, Vaughn Taylor, 2005


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, Scott Piercy, 2011


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