Tour Caddie Goes Wild After Winning Tennessee Senior Open

Kip Henley holed a stunning birdie putt from off the green to claim the title, much to his delight!

Henley fist pumps to the sky after holing his winning putt
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The life of a Tour caddie is different to say the least. Most are usually quality golfers themselves and, at the Tennessee Senior State Open, that was proven when, at the 36th and final hole, Kip Henley, who currently caddies for recent Korn Ferry Tour winner, Grayson Murray, claimed the title with a superb birdie putt.

Following in the footsteps of his boss, Henley was visibly delighted after holing his birdie putt, as the American let out a number of fist pumps before launching his cap with a cry of "Woo!" adding "sorry boys" in the process. If we are honest, we doubt he was actually sorry!

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For those who don't know Henley it's well worth checking out his Twitter page, with the veteran caddie often showcasing some funny insights into Tour life. One of these included a drama-filled journey to the Bahamas, in which Henley missed his connecting flight, arrived at a sold out hotel and was then moved to a bed-sit which wouldn't look out of place on a police detective programme...

Anyway, back to the golf where, at the Tennessee Senior State Open, Henley was featuring at the 36 hole tournament. Being played at Stonehenge Golf Club, the caddie fired a first round of 70 (-2) to sit in a share of second spot.

From there, he kept himself in contention and actually led with just two holes remaining. However, a bogey at the 17th seemed to halt any momentum. Henley though dug in and, having put his second shot just off the green on the closing par 4, he would at least have a chance of claiming a victory. 

Henley and Singh during the Masters

Henley has caddied for the likes of Vijay Singh, Stewart Cink, Austin Cook and Brian Gay

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Taking his putter back, the ball rolled towards the hole before dropping in the centre. As mentioned, the celebration was deserved and, following the tournament, Henley tweeted: "Wowser! I still don’t know how this went in! I had my old friend Warren Huddleston on my heart when I putted it. I think the old Big Guy shoved it down the hill just in time. Thanks for all you guys keeping up with me and reaching out. I love you guys."

Along with that tweet, Henley later revealed on social media: "That Senior State Open win was exactly 41 years and a month from when I won the State Open as an amateur in '82. You guys better start drinking them Diet Cokes and eating Waffle Hose !"

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x