After her initial LPGA Tour victory, Brooke Henderson is back in the country for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, where her march to where she is right now began at the Vancouver Golf Club as a 14-year-old.
“It’ll be awesome to be back with the Canadian support. That was my first LPGA tournament three years ago, so it’ll be nice to be there, lots of great memories,” said Henderson, who was overshadowed that year by a 15-year-old named Lydia Ko, who won.
While Ko will be welcomed warmly as well by the Vancouver crowd after her landmark win three years ago, you can bet they’ll be showing their appreciation for the first Canadian win on the LPGA Tour in over 14 years, one that came decisively at the Cambia Portland Classic with an eight-shot margin.
“It’s not even real‑life yet, I don’t think. I was just trying to play my own game and I kept trying to get it to minus‑24 all day today and I came up a little bit short, but I got the win and I’m extremely excited,” she said.
“I tried to just keep making more birdies. I had a number in mind and I was trying to chase after it and I was trying not to watch the girls I was playing with, Sandra (Gal) and Morgan (Pressel), or any other players,” she said.
“I noticed early a couple people were making a move, Caroline (Masson) made it to minus-13, I think, in just her first couple of holes, so I saw that, but like I said, I was just trying to play my own game,” she said.
Her own game earned her the 72-hole tournament record at 21 under after she tied the 54-hole standard the day before.
The victory also earned her the long-awaited full-time status on tour she had been seeking, but she hasn’t decided whether to take it immediately or defer until next year, when she’ll be eligible for rookie of the year.
She’s also only the third player in LPGA history to win before her 18th birthday, which is next month, joining Ko and Lexi Thompson. She’s also only the second player in LPGA history to win after Monday qualifying.
There was plenty to celebrate and the party began on the 18th green, where family and friends, including Hamilton’s Alena Sharp who tied for 10th were waiting.
“It was awesome,” she said.
“I was hoping somebody would come out with champagne or water or something and I had lots of people out there. No, it was unbelievable, and I’m soaking wet now. Like I said, the cheer on 17 and the cheer on 18 were something that I never really experienced before and it’s definitely something I’ll remember,” said Henderson, adding there wasn’t time for a more formal party.
“We’re driving up to Vancouver, so maybe it’ll just be a fun car ride,” she said.
There will be enough people waiting in Vancouver to continue the celebration, even if she has work to do.