Russell Henley is really good on guitar

Russell Henley
If Dave Matthews ever needs an extra guitarist, he might be wise to reach out to two-time PGA Tour winner Russell Henley.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

It's always nice to have something to fall back on. If this golf thing doesn't work out for Russell Henley... well, he might be joining the Dave Matthews Band.

That's not to say the golf thing won't work out for Henley. Shoot, he's been on the PGA Tour for two years and already has two victories. He won the Sony Open in 2013 -- his very first start on the PGA Tour.

He followed that up with a win at the Honda Classic this season, defeating Rory McIlroy among others in a playoff.

But still, this video of Henley playing guitar to the Dave Matthews Band song "Jimi Thing" is pretty impressive:

The video -- shot by GolfWeek a year ago -- resurfaced on Tuesday in a story by Gene Sapakoff from The Post and Courier out of Charleston, S.C., about Henley, a Charleston resident.

From the piece:

Someday, you watch. Russell Henley -- the kind of young cross-over star golf needs -- will be idolized by Americans when he brings his favorite six-string into Augusta's Butler Cabin and gets off some Pearl Jam riffs for Jim Nantz.

"The more you play the better you get," Henley said. "I feel like I've gotten pretty good. It's exciting to play."

Still. Barring a sudden bad luck streak of lost golf balls, it's unlikely Henley will opt for music full-time. Too good at golf, he's one of the PGA's rising stars and more than capable of contending at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in two weeks.

Guitar sessions, however, contribute to lower scores from Florida to Hawaii.

"I think it helps," Henley said. "I feel like when you're playing guitar, you can't think about anything else. It's hard to think about something stressful and play guitar at the same time. It's a good release for me."

All in all, awesome stuff from Henley. And here's the Dave Matthews version of "Jimi Thing" to give you an appreciation for just how good Henley is:

h/t Ben Alberstadt -- @BJA_GolfWRX on Twitter. 


T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.