Russell Henley posted his second 1-under 71 in three rounds at the Masters on Saturday.
Still, there were times that he lost focus, he said, and they forced him to make saves instead of capitalizing on chances for a substantial move up the leaderboard.
“I hung in there,” Henley said. “I felt like I lost focus a few times, a couple of shots, but other than that I mean, I did the best I could. It’s a lot easier to play better and be hyped up when you’re a little closer to the lead like last week (at the Shell Houston Open). I tried not to lose focus, but I did a couple times. Could have gotten a little more out of it, but I had some great saves and I’m just happy where I am.”
Henley parred the first two holes, then sank a 17-foot putt for birdie on No. 3. He had a chance for another 17-foot putt for birdie on No. 4, but ended up leaving it 11 inches short before tapping it in for par. He made his lone bogey on No. 6.
He went 1-under on the second nine with a birdie on No. 15. He had the chance to go lower but couldn’t get some short putts to drop. There were also a few spots – such as a bad tee shot on No. 11 – when he wasn’t as dialed in, he said.
“I feel like there’s just a couple shots, a couple shots away from being a couple under par and I think it’s just a little bit better focus,” Henley said.
Henley sits at 2-over heading into Sunday’s final round. This is his fourth Masters appearance and third time making the cut. His best finish was in 2015, when he posted 3-under and placed 21st.
“I’m playing well; I just need to be patient. At the same time, I’ll probably take some chances,” Henley said. “I’m not really that concerned with finishing 23rd, 22nd or whatever. I want to finish really high.”