SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Brooke Henderson’s decision to put a new putter in her bag this week is paying off so far at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Henderson replaced the PING CRAZ-E putter she had been using for the past 18 months with a new PING Oslo from the manufacturer’s Vault Series. It was released Monday.
The result? She’s tied for the lead going into Saturday’s third round at Sahalee Country Club at 2-under par.
Henderson led the field with just 23 putts in her opening round 67 which gave her a two shot lead after 18 holes.
She had 33 putts in Friday’s round of 2-over par 73, but made a couple of critical putts for par. One of the best was on the 15th hole. After her tee shot found the left rough, her approach came up short of the green on the par-4. She pitched up and dropped about an eight-footer to save par.
Those kinds of putts are momentum builders.
Henderson said feels more confident over the ball.
“I hit a lot of really good putts today that just didn’t fall but I’m hoping that will change for tomorrow,” she said as she bids for her first major championship.
So I guess that means she’s happy with the decision to change?
“I am. I love it,” she said. “I didn’t make a ton today, but every putt looked like it had a chance to go in which is kind of new for me and I really like it.”
/ Chris Stevenson @CJ_Stevenson