Conditions Toughening At KPMG Women’s PGA

For $11.30 +tax you could watch Brooke Henderson and others play at the 2017 CP Women's Open (Photo: LPGA)

– Canada’s Brooke Henderson Tied For Fourth- 

By Chris Stevenson

Brooke Henderson is tied for 4th place halfway through her first major championship as a professional (Photo: LPGA)
Brooke Henderson is tied for 4th place halfway through her first major championship as a professional (Photo: LPGA)

RYE, N.Y. – It doesn’t look like the folks at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship liked seeing a 7-under-par 66 put up by Jenny Shin in the first round Thursday.

The Westchester Country Club played a lot tougher, thanks mostly to some tough pin placements, on Friday with the result only three players broke 70 (half as many as in the first round).

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls managed an even-par 73 that featured five birdies, eight pars and five bogeys. Along with her dazzling opening 67 on Thursday, she’s tied for fourth at 6-under par going into the weekend.

She said it felt more like major championship conditions Friday.

“A little bit. I think (Thursday) I just really had it on a roll and was able to keep it there, where today I could never really get on that roll,” she said. “Once I made a birdie, I was coming back with a bogey unfortunately. Like I said, I’ll learn from it and pay attention a little bit more to the course conditions leading into tomorrow and try to get a good game plan.”

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Henderson was asked Friday if caddying for her sister, Brittany, on the Symetra Tour (the development tour for the LPGA) has helped her be a better player.

Brooke has caddied for Brittany during off weeks.

You bet, she said.

“Yeah, it has for sure. Just being able to, well, first of all, calculate yardage very quickly, I think has helped me a lot, because you don’t have a whole lot of time out here. So being able to calculate all the factors like the wind and the green, yardage and everything, I think has really helped speed up the process when I’m in my own game,” she said.

“And as well, able to visualize a shot and being able to explain it to somebody else instead of just having it in your own head, I think has really benefitted me a lot, because I am very much a feel player, so being able to visualize and execute is important.”

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Westchester is firming up for the weekend.

How slick was it Friday?

Henderson was playing with Cheyenne Woods (and Natalie Gulbis) on Friday.

On the uphill, par-5 ninth, Woods went long with her third, chipped back and saw her ball roll off the green and back down the fairway.

It looked like her fifth shot into the green was longer than her third.

Woods made a double bogey, shot 77 and missed the cut.

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Henderson will no be the lone Canadian around Westchester Country Club this weekend.  Hamilton, Ontario’s Alena Sharp made the the 36-hole cut. Her scores of 72 and 74 have her at even par and in a share of 47th.

The two other Canadians in the field, Rebecca Lee-Bentham (78-73) and Sue Kim (78-79) will not advance to the final two rounds.