The first round in defence of her first major championship didn’t go exactly as planned, but as it turns out, that’s fine for Brooke Henderson.
“I got hot on the back nine. I was going to try to take it a day at a time and see what happens, but I’m in a great spot right now, so I’m really excited,” said Henderson.
After two birdies and a pair of bogeys on the front nine, Henderson made the turn at even par, then caught fire with three birdies, including one at the par five 18th at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship being played at Olympia Fields in Illinois.
That three-under 68 left her tied for fifth, just two shots off the lead with play suspended due to weather, with several players to complete their opening rounds Friday morning.
“I was able to make a few more long putts throughout the day, which is really nice. To get three birdies on the back nine with zero bogeys was great. It gave me a lot of good momentum and a lot of confidence on those tough finishing holes, where I was able to make a great par save on 17 and then, birdie on 18,” she said.
“So overall, I’m really happy with that day, minus three on this tough course and these tough conditions. It’s a great way to start out this championship,” said Henderson, who was hoping to escape the windy conditions.
“With the morning tee time, I was really hoping it would be quiet and I kind of would get out before the wind started, but it started a few holes in and we really had to re-adjust and just stay patient in the wind because it is really tough and it swirls and it gusts at times,” she said.
Alena Sharp opened with an even par 71 and is tied for 39th
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