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Russell Henley ties back-nine mark at Waste Management Phoenix Open

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Russell Henley tied the back-nine scoring mark of 29 at TPC Scottsdale on Saturday in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Henley started on the 10th hole at 9:27 a.m. local time alongside Webb Simpson and Hideki Matsuyama and quickly showed each of the former Phoenix Open champs just show things are done.

He made par on the 10th to start but birdied the 11th, eagled the 13th, birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th to get to 29. Only five other golfers have broken 30 on the back nine on the Stadium Course: Phil Mickelson (2013), Rickie Fowler (2011), J.J. Henry (2006), Scott Verplank (1998) and Grant Waite (1996).

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Mickelson and Waite each shot 31 on their front nines to each shoot a 60, which is the course record. The low-nine mark at TPC Scottsdale is 28, set by Chris DiMarco on the front nine in 2003.

Henley didn’t make a run at 60 as he cooled off after making the turn to the front nine. He birdied the third but bogeyed the seventh and ninth to post a third-round 65.

Henley has three PGA Tour victories, the most recent came at the 2017 Shell Houston Open.

Saturday’s third round was full of early fireworks, with Louis Oosthuizen, Jordan Spieth, Will Zalatoris and Justin Thomas all going low.

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