Henley finished the day at 1-over on the overall leader board.

New father Russell Henley caps excellent week with monster 82-foot putt at Augusta

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As with most players on the second day of the Masters at Augusta, Russell Henley had been struggling to hit top form.

By the 15th hole, he had scored a disappointing 4-over for the round, before producing a moment of magic on the green to boost his chances.

Sitting 82 feet from the pin, the American rolled in a mesmerising eagle putt, much to the delight of the Georgia crowd.

Henley’s heroics spurred him on to further good fortune on the next hole. He scored a birdie on the 16th, and also picked up a birdie on the 18th, to finish on 1-over for the day.

It has been a hectic week for Henley, whose wife gave birth to their first child on Monday.

The feat is even more remarkable as Henley had little to no preparation time after spending the two days prior to the competition start at the hospital after birth complications.

The child was born 12 days early, and swelling to the new-born’s head had been a cause for concern.

“The swelling in his head was getting worse and worse,” Henley said.

Fortunately, the swelling subsided in the days following the birth, and Henley made the decision on Thursday morning to play in the tournament.

Sleep deprived, he boarded a plane to Augusta and was on the course playing in a matter of hours.

The American doesn’t look likely to feature in the race to be crowned champion, yet his outstanding putt is particularly impressive considering the circumstances.

We have already seen noteworthy play of the opposite kind at Augusta this year, amazingly also taking place on the 15th hole, as defending champion Sergio Garcia struggled on Thursday.

The veteran Spaniard put five consecutive shots into the water for a score of 13, matching the highest score on a single hole in Masters history.

He won’t be retaining his title after a nightmare hole.

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