Consecutive birdies in the middle of the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open powered Brooke Henderson to a bogey-free 70 that left her tied for 14th, four shots off the lead, at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J.
“It was really good. Any time you can shoot two under in the first round of a major championship, that’s great,” said Henderson.
“I had great playing partners (Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis). I felt like we were all playing well. We were having opportunities at different holes. I feel like we fed off each other a little bit,” she said.
“The scores, some were really low out there. I imagine some are not so low. It’s a really tough golf course. I’m happy with two under and hopefully, I can repeat that (Friday),” she added.
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Starting on the 10th hole, Henderson birdied the par five 18th and did the same on the next hole, also a par five, on one.
She says she may have caught a break with soft conditions for the morning rounds, but she adds the wind began to kick up towards the end of her round.
“The greens, I found, were faster, but they were the little bit softer just because I was playing so early in the morning. It all evens out really well,” said Henderson.
“Amazing golf course, extremely difficult. As long as you hit it in the right places off the tee and the right places on the green, you give yourself a good opportunity to shoot a decent score,” she said.
“I’m hitting the ball really well. I feel like my lag putting has really kicked in to be a lot better than it was at the beginning of the year. With those two combinations, I feel like I’m confident on longer par fours and par threes, which is always a good feeling,” said Henderson.
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