Brooke Henderson Starts LPGA Season With A Second Place Finish

Starting the day just two strokes off the pace of the leader, Brooke Henderson did not have the Sunday she (or her fans) had hoped for, but ultimately it was a good way to start the 2022 LPGA season at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.

A Sunday score of 70 (-2) was not enough to propel the Smiths Falls, Ontario golfer into the circuit’s winner’s circle for the 11th time, but a second place was a good sign for the year to come. Danielle Kang closed with a 68 (-4) in cool weather conditions at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club near Orlando, Florida to earn her 6th tour title. Overnight leader Korda faltered to a 75 and had to settle for a share of 4th.

“Yeah, wasn’t really the day I was looking for,” Henderson shared after completing play. “At the same time, you grind it out, like you said, pretty well, and was happy to make two birdies; unfortunately that wasn’t enough.

Still proud of how we played out there today in those tough conditions. Danielle played amazing, so pretty cool to watch her go so far ahead of everybody else.”

The showing, where Henderson recorded an overall score of -13 for the week (69, 68, 68, 70), also has the potential to push her back into the top ten of the Rolex World Golf Rankings where she recently dropped to 11th place.

It was also her first week playing a golf ball from new ball and glove sponsor TaylorMade, a deal that was announced earlier in the week.

Asked how she assessed her week she expounded, “For the most part I think I did a lot of things really well, and couple things that I really focused on in the off-season, like I said, have paid off at least in the first week, so that’s really exciting. Moving forward, few more breaks, few more putts, and it could have been a different story.”

For her efforts Henderson picked up $177,229 and will hold 2nd place in the Race To The CME Globe season-long race heading into next week’s Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio.

“….it was nice to go bogey-free the last two days. Like I said, I would’ve liked to make a few more birdies, make a little bit more of a charge, but at the end of the day I can’t complain too much.

If you had asked me at the beginning of the week if I would be in the Top 5 I would be very happy. Definitely excited moving forward.”

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