RUSSELL HENLEY captured his second career PGA Tour title in the space of 14 months with playoff victory at the Honda Classic.
The 24-year-old from Georgia, who books a home tie at the Masters in April, ousted namesake Russell Knox, Ryan Palmer and Rory McIlroy - who held a two-shot lead heading into the final round - with a birdie at the first extra hole.
Henley held his nerve on the weekend but also enjoyed his fair share of luck holing out for eagle at the tough par-4 14th on Saturday and then chipping in for birdie at the same hole on Sunday.
"I was so nervous coming down the stretch," said Henley, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at last year's Sony Open in Hawaii.
"I hope I can have a bunch more Sundays just like that in my career. It was a rush to be out there playing with Rory and the crowd.
"I've never been part of a crowd so big cheering for me. It was an amazing feeling. It was so much fun."
Henley ensured it was a double swoosh weekend as Nike Golf's Ross Fisher also won earlier in the day at the Tshwane Open.
Like Fisher, Henley also played the Nike RZN Black ball featuring innovative Speedlock RZN technology, designed to deliver more distance, better feel and a more consistent, stable ball flight into the wind. He used his Nike Method 006 putter to clinch the tournament with a two-putt for the win.
Fellow Nike athlete McIlroy played with the Nike Covert 2.0 Tour driver and Nike RNZ Black ball – a combination that he has described as “the best driver and ball combination I’ve ever had.”
McIlroy hit one of the most memorable fairway wood shots of all time on Sunday just to book his place in the four-man playoff, striking a 3-wood from outside of 240 yards and landing it on a sixpence at the 72nd hole.
Despite the miraculous strike, the Northern Irishman couldn't hole the putt for the outright win in what turned out a disappointing 4-over 74.
"I didn't play well enough to deserve to win," McIlroy told the PGA tour website.
"It's very disappointing. It was a perfect opportunity to win. No one was really coming at me.
"There's a few positives to take, but obviously it's going to be hard to get over because I had a great chance to win my first tournament of the season and I didn't."
What's in Henley's bag
Driver: Nike VRS STR8-FIT (9.5-degree; Graphite Design HD-7X)
Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 (15-degree and 19-degree)
Irons: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-6); VR Pro Combo (7-9)
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (48-degree and 53-degree, VR Forged 59-degree)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black
Apparel: Nike Tour Performance Collection
Footwear: Nike Lunar Control