Hensby runs hot in comeback
MARK Hensby has made a spectacular return to competitive golf with a sizzling second round at the NSW Open in Sydney.
The former US PGA Tour winner is contesting his first event since returning from a year-long suspension for failing to provide a urine sample following the opening round of the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.
After conceding he made an “an error in judgment” that “had nothing to do with taking a banned substance”, Hensby cashed in on a last-minute entry to the open with a sizzling eight-under-par round of 64 on Friday.
Hensby’s round, featuring seven birdies and an eagle three at the par-5 11th, earned the 48-year-old the clubhouse lead.
After taking a bogey on the fourth, he stormed home in eight under for his last 14 holes to ensure he not only made the halfway cut but also vaulted himself into title contention and qualification for next week’s Australian Open at The Lakes.
Once entrenched in the world’s top 30, Hensby is now ranked No.1918.
But the Tamworth-born star maintains he skipped the mandatory doping test merely in “a moment of anger and frustration”, thinking “it was just time to retire from golf” after a first-round 78 in Mississippi left him facing another missed cut.
“For quite a long time I felt like I wouldn’t ever play again,” Hensby said .
“Then I was back in Australia visiting family in the middle of the year and I went for a hit and really enjoyed it.”