Sammamish, Washington – Brooke Henderson vowed that despite the narrow nature of the fairway corridors, owing to massive trees, she would tackle Sahalee Country Club with her driver this week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
It seems to be working so far.
The 18 year-old from Smiths Falls found 10 of 14 fairways on Thursday on her way to an opening round of 67 (-4). She made birdies on three of her last four holes to claim the clubhouse lead at the completion of her round.
Despite three bogies on her card she overcame them with five birdies and the eagle and the latter was the highlight of the day as it came on a par three.
The ace came her fourth hole of the day, the 13th. It not only turned her score from one over par to one under par in a hurry, it also earned the 4th ranked player in the world a brand new car, a KIA 900. She will gift the car to her sister and caddy, Brittany.
She used a 7 iron on the 155 yard hole for the hole in one.
“It was a huge boost…It really gave me some momentum for the rest of the day,” said Henderson of the ace. “All year this year I have walked up on the practice rounds and said, see that car, if I get it, it’s yours. I didn’t say it this week, but she ends up getting it.”
Overall she was very pleased with the round.
“Yeah, it was a pretty good day today, she shared after the round. “Yeah, the hole-in-one was awesome. I pulled my shot a little bit, caught the left apron and followed right into the hole. It’s my fourth one. And ended up being the car hole. And 4-under today. So it was a good set.”
Henderson may have only hit ten greens in regulation during her round but she only missed four fairways all day long. It’s a statistic she and the other players in the field would love to record each day on the daunting course.
Given the difficulty of the course Brooke more than met her goal for round one of this major championship. “I was trying to get under par. But it’s tough to say how hard this course is going to play going into today and for the rest of the weekend. This rain will definitely help with the firmness and slow the greens down a little bit, which I think will help the scoring for the rest of the week. But they also had some tees up on a couple of holes, which helped as well.”
— Brooke Henderson (@BrookeHenderson) June 9, 2016