- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Honda Classic winner Russell Henley can only hope the next 14 months are better than the 14 months that followed his first PGA Tour victory.

A quick, decisive player with a smooth putting stroke, Henley won his debut as a PGA Tour member in January 2013. It earned him automatic exemptions into the Masters, PGA Championship and four World Golf Championships. His FedEx Cup points turned out to be enough for a spot in the British Open, and the ranking points got him into the U.S. Open.

It proved to be a bit much.

“It was a lot to deal with after I won,” Henley said. “I played in the Masters, played in all the majors, played in all the WGCs, and I don’t know that I was really prepared to do all that mentally.”

Over the next 32 tournaments, Henley missed the cut 11 times and had only two top 10s: a tie for sixth at Hilton Head and the Memorial, neither time in serious contention over the final hour.

His playoff win at PGA National landed him at Doral this week. He’s eligible for the Masters, PGA Championship and two more WGCs (Firestone and Shanghai).

“I think this year, I’m more excited to keep playing golf and keep getting better, and I feel like I’ve got a little bit better direction that I’m going in right now,” Henley said. “I feel like I know what is going to make me better. A full year on tour will teach you a lot about who you are and what you need to do with your game - what works, what doesn’t work. I think a year of experience is huge for me.

“Golf is so hard that nobody knows for sure if they are going to keep anything going,” he said. “I know I can control my work ethic and my attitude, and hopefully I can keep those consistent.”


TIGER’S FOUNDATION: The next step for Tiger Woods‘ summer event in the Washington, D.C., area is to find a rotation of courses.

Congressional Country Club members are mulling a proposal to host the tournament in 2016, 2018 and 2020 after the contract expires this year. Tiger Woods Foundation officials already have been considering locations for the alternate years.

One option is TPC Potomac Farms at Avenel, which has been redesigned and is a strong golf course. Woods is not a huge fan of TPCs - six of his 78 PGA Tour wins were on TPC courses - though he would do well to give this a closer look. Another course being mentioned is RTJ, which has staged the Presidents Cup four times.

Another possibility is Aronimink outside Philadelphia, which hosted the AT&T; National to huge crowds in 2010 and 2011 when Congressional was preparing for a U.S. Open. Aronimink was trying to land a PGA Championship, but that won’t happen over the next six years.


WEST COAST WRAPAROUND: For all the fretting over how the wraparound season would affect the West Coast Swing or the European Tour, one measurement from the world ranking showed nothing at all.

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