Brooke Henderson Returns To Singapore

She missed the tournament last year due to travel hesitation during the pandemic; there was no event in 2020, but Canada’s Brooke Henderson is back in Singapore and ready to compete this week at the LPGA HSBC Women’s World Championship. Despite the absences, and even at the age of just 24, she is already making her 5th appearance in this event, one where she has proven to be comfortable in the past.

As we noted on Twitter the other day, she finished 15th in 2019, tied for 2nd in 2018, tied for 4th in 2017, and tied for 9th in 2016.

Brooke met with the media in Singapore on Wednesday and shared some thoughts on her decision to return, even as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

“I think just a little bit more comfortable this year. At the start of the pandemic, no one really knew how it was going to go. And last year I was still feeling my way through what events I wanted to play and how far I wanted to travel from home. But now I feel a lot more comfortable, and I feel Singapore seems very safe. They have a lot of great protocols and measures in place, and the Tour’s done a great job in trying to keep us safe too. That feels better. And my sister and I, we love Singapore, so we really missed it when we didn’t come last year. So, we wanted to make the trip this year.”

While the Sentosa golf course is familiar and clearly an agreeable environment for the 10-time LPGA winner, after some early practice she has noted some changes in her absence.

“This year the course seems to be playing slightly different than it has in the past. I feel it’s playing a little bit longer, and the course has maybe matured a little bit more over the last few years. The rough’s a little bit longer and has gown in some areas. The trees seemed taller and bushier.

So it changed the way the course looks a little bit, but still a great feel to it. It will definitely be a challenge over the next few days. There’s a lot of birdie opportunities. So hopefully I’ll be able to capitalize on those.”

A Visit Home

This tournament appearance comes after a month-long break for the LPGA TOUR, one Brooke took advantage of. From her current home-base in Florida, she made the trip home to the Ottawa Valley, and may have forgotten her roots in a small way.

“I just went home for I guess three days, basically just to spend time with my grandma. It was a lot of fun to be back home in the snow. And I forgot how cold it is there in the wintertime. So it was a little bit of an adjustment. And it made me tougher, I’m hoping, to spend those three days.”

Brooke put down her clubs for those few days, but she got back into form with some recent Florida practice. With an impending local rule change that will limit driver lengths expected to come into play when she defends her title in Los Angeles at the JTBC LA Open in three weeks, that has also included trying to get adjusted away from the 48-inch shaft that she has used throughout her career.

“Yeah, the 48 inch still is the number one. And I’ll be using it this week and next week. And if the rule is still in place in a couple weeks, then I’ll make the switch to the 46. I started testing last spring with the 46-inch drivers. It’s been a constant testing stage for the last year pretty much. But I feel like I’ve found one that will work. So hopefully if it does come to that, I’ll be ready.”

Trending Well

While not a winner yet in 2022, with the season just getting underway, Henderson has been pleased with her play to kick off the year. That makes her confident heading into this week.

“Yeah, very happy with the way the season started, three really solid finishes in Florida, T2, T6, and then T11. So definitely right where I wanted to be. I felt like my game was in a good spot.

I took a little bit of time off right after that. And then the last two weeks I’ve been trying to get right back into it, practicing and trying to find that groove again.

Hopefully tomorrow it’s there and I’m able to start off with some birdies and get right back into contention. That’s definitely the goal. Hopefully put myself in a good spot come the weekend.

It’s just exciting to be a part of the Tour right now and playing against the best in the world and to be here in Singapore. So just really excited about the opportunity and hopefully will play well.”

Henderson will open play in Singapore playing alongside Hannah Green and Inbee Park.

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