Brooke Henderson seems to climb again up golf’s ladder
Brooke Henderson’s victory on the McKayson New Zealand Girls’s Open got here with greater than a money prize and a trophy.
Henderson was given a standard Maori cloak after profitable her first event outdoors North America, and the younger Canadian golfer counts that honour as a significant spotlight of her profitable second season on the LPGA Tour.
“That cloak represents that I’m a part of that household and it’s onerous to consider,” Henderson stated from her dwelling in Naples, Fla. “I’m actually proud to personal it and be thought of a part of their household.”
Though she admitted she was sluggish out of the gate this 12 months on the course, Henderson nonetheless notched top-15 finishes in 16 of the 30 occasions she performed. She earned greater than $1.5 million (U.S.) and completed sixth on the cash checklist.
She additionally completed top-10 in two key statistics this 12 months, greens in regulation and scoring common.
“I do know my lengthy sport has at all times been my energy, however to see these numbers on weeks once I performed nicely — and a few weeks that I didn’t — and to be that constant . . . I’m actually pleased with that,” she stated. “Transferring into 2018 I positively wish to preserve that up, work on my ball-striking this low season however hopefully enhance my quick sport (and) placing stats. If I could make that occur, hopefully I’ll see even higher outcomes.”
The 20-year-old known as her season successful, although she stated it was harder to win this 12 months versus 2016.
“For some time we had 16 completely different winners on Tour and nobody was actually taking cost of it. I really feel just like the expertise and the extent of play was lots stronger than it has been,” she stated.
“To get two wins when it was like that . . . it positively offers me numerous confidence.”
Henderson additionally counts this year’s CP Women’s Open in Ottawa as a giant spotlight.
Though she struggled for the primary two rounds — needing a birdie to drop on her ultimate gap Friday simply to make the 36-hole reduce — she shot the course report on the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Membership throughout Saturday’s third spherical, an eight-under 63, to launch into rivalry. She finally completed tied for 12th.
Ottawa Hunt and Golf Membership gave Henderson an honorary membership final 12 months, and Henderson’s hometown of Smiths Falls, Ont. is lower than an hour away from the membership.
“I used to be grateful to make the weekend as a result of I needed to placed on an excellent present,” she stated. “All these folks have been there to look at me. I cherished their help and I actually needed to point out them what I may do.
“To have the course report at my dwelling course towards a number of the finest gamers on the earth . . . that’s superior. It’s historical past.”
Henderson stated her purpose for subsequent 12 months is to maneuver into the highest 10 on the earth rankings as soon as once more after peaking at No. 2 final 12 months. She at the moment sits at No. 13.
“I virtually wish to say I do know I’m a top-10 participant, so it bothers me a bit of bit that I’m simply outdoors,” stated Henderson. “I do know that may change rapidly. If I get a win early in 2018 and enhance on these little issues that I wish to within the low season I really feel I may get down into a great place.”
Henderson now has 5 wins on the LPGA Tour, second to solely Sandra Submit (eight) amongst Canadians, a report that would fall subsequent 12 months.
For now, she’s going to seem on a number of the Golf Channel’s programming this week earlier than returning to Smiths Falls for the vacations, the place that cloak she received in New Zealand may turn out to be useful.
“I’d put on it as my winter coat once I go dwelling,” she stated.