Mac Engel: 'Still tough to swallow.' J.J. Henry deserves one last shot at playing Colonial

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Of the many names playing the Charles Schwab Challenge this week at Colonial Country Club, there is big one missing.

(No, it’s not Phil. Not Tiger.)

J.J. Henry is not Phil or Tiger, but he is without peer in terms of loyalty to Fort Worth, TCU and the PGA Tour event played at Colonial.

J.J. Henry wants to be there.

J.J. Henry should be there.

And, although the tournament does not start until Thursday morning, the longtime PGA Tour pro, Fort Worth staple and TCU alum did not make the cut.


This is one of those correctable situations that needs a better ending.

Henry should have one more shot to play Colonial, and go out by being able to thank friends and supporters who have been around him for his more than 20 years on the PGA Tour.

Charles Schwab Challenge directors made the decision not to use one of the 12 potential spots to invite Henry to play in the tournament; it has 10 exemptions, and two more openings were created when other players who had committed dropped out.

The decision ended a string of more than 20 straight years of Henry in the field.


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