Henley Struggles in Opening Round in Tennessee

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Big Break II winner Kip Henley struggled out of the gate during Thursdays opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
 
Henley, who got into the PGA Tour event by local qualifying back in April, posted a 9-over-par 79 at the TPC of Southwind course in Memphis, Tenn.
 
After rallying on the back nine of last weeks Nationwide Tour event, the Henrico County Open, Henley looked to have good vibes heading into the first round.
 
But that apparently was not the case, as the 44-year-old Tennessee native hit his initial tee shot into a water hazard that eventually resulted in a double-bogey 6.
 
He did, however, rebound nicely, notching back-to-back birdies at the second and third holes. His approach at the second came to rest just 4 feet from the pin to set up birdie, and he then got up-and-down from the fringe at the par-5 third to get back to even par.
 
After three straight pars, Henleys game began to go south as he closed out the front nine with bogeys on the 7th, 8th and 9th.
 
A birdie to start his back nine would be the final highlight to his rough day.
 
Following a blast down the right side of the fairway on the par-4 10th, Henley threw a dart with his second shot to within 2 feet of the cup. He tapped in for birdie to go to 2 over par.
 
After a par at the 11th the wheels began to come off as he bogeyed five of the next six holes.
 
Henley then finished up with a double bogey at the last after his tee shot found the water guarding the left side of the closing hole for his 7-over 79.
 
For the day Henley hit only six of 14 fairways, five of 18 greens and took 27 total putts.
 
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