Mark Hensby PGA Tour Professional
Mark Hensby of Australia has spoken of the part Explanar has played in what must rank as the PGA Tour performance of 2007.
Lying 151st in the Money List, Hensby had failed to submit his entry to Tour School and in his words “had I not delivered I wouldn’t have had a job next year”.
“I came into the Fry’s feeling confident after a good performance on the Nationwide Tour in Utah. I’ve been working on Explanar every day and night and as a result I’ve gained 15 yards on my drives in the last 6 weeks. With the Nationwide being in Utah and the Fry’s being near my home in Arizona I was able to work on my Explanar the whole time and it’s really paid off. There’s no question that I’m straighter and longer and fitter too. Check the stats. Explanar’s played a big part in securing my Tour card.”
Mark, a proven Tour winner, has had to battle recovery from a serious road accident late 2005 which resulted in a loss of form which has seen him drop to 345th in the world rankings. What makes Hensby’s performance all the more remarkable is that he was 5 over par after just 10 holes of the first round, (he started at the 10th). Four birdies in the next 8 holes gave Hensby a credible 71 (+1) but gave no indication of what was to come. A career best second round 61 (sixty one) catapulted Mark up the leaderboard and a third round 66 put him in 2nd spot tied with Mike Weir and just one behind Carl Pettersson.
Pettersson faded and carded a 74 but a great nail-biting duel developed between Weir and Hensby which went to the wire. Knowing that he needed at least the runner-up spot to secure his card Hensby’s nerve held strong and shooting a solid 69 his second place took him from 151st to 99th and guaranteed full Tour exemption for 2008. Hensby was first to praise Mike Weir, whose win was his first in 87 starts. Hensby said “Mike deserved to win. He played great.”
Explanar's CEO commented: “Mark’s a real talent and has had to cope with a great deal over the past 2 years. He’s a terrific personality and a genuinely nice guy and his strength of character has seen him through. His swing held up under the most intense pressure and this has to stand out as one of the best performances of 2007. We are extremely proud to be associated with him.”