News about Brooke Henderson 2017
2 May 2017
Brooke has had a relatively slow start to the season, in comparison to what she showed the golf world last year. So far this season, through nine events, Brooke has finished outside the top 21 twice, where she tied for 45th at the Honda LPGA Thailand and missed the cut at the Kia Classic. The last five events Henderson has started each tournament pretty slow, which included the missed cut. However, on a positive note, she has played really well on the weekends in the last five events (not including the Kia Classic.) Her lone top ten so far this year came at the HSBC Women’s champions, where she tied for fourth. Coincidence maybe, but she started that week with a five under par (67.) If Brooke starts posting some good to great rounds on Thursdays and Fridays, expect her to be near the top of the leaderboard come the back nine on Sundays. She’s staying patient, and slowly finding her game so far this season.
An update on her status as the LPGA’s marathon golfer, she has shown no signs of giving that distinction away. So far she has played in 9/9 events this season. Which is, surprise surprise (not really) leading the tour. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues for the rest of the season.
Brooke Henderson, the LPGA’s Marathon Golfer
Brooke Henderson finished her first season on the LPGA tour in 2016 playing more tournaments than any other player. She played 31 events, making the cut in 30 of them. She won twice, including her first major championship at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Henderson also recorded fifteen top ten finishes, which ranked second. Not a bad year for a teenager just learning how to play on the biggest stage in women’s golf.
There is a very good question that has crossed many people’s minds, and has surely crossed hers as well. Does playing so much help Henderson, or hurt her? The results are hard to argue against. Two wins, fifteen top tens. Those are results that nearly every player on tour would take in a heartbeat. Brooke is no ordinary player though. She has the power, the accuracy, the putting and scoring ability to be one of golf’s great players for a long time. Add her room-brightening personality to that and you get one of the sport’s most adored and admired players. All at the age of nineteen.
With the 2017 season underway it will be interesting to see if Henderson will have a full schedule again, or if she will take a few weeks off throughout the year to be better rested, especially for the bigger events. Brooke is a player who loves golf and loves to compete. In an interview with LPGA.com at the conclusion of last season, Henderson said, “I’m glad to be a part of the LPGA Tour and play every single week, and I pretty much did that.” The decision is ultimately hers, but I would encourage her to keep doing what she loves to do. “Being my first year on tour it was important to see all the different courses and experience the atmosphere in different cities. Next year, it’ll be a little easier. That was really important to me, to get a feel for things out on Tour.”
As her career progresses she may want to play fewer events, and that’s alright. That may even start this year. But for now, while she feels physically and mentally capable of a large schedule, I think she should do it! She has the game and results to back up that decision. Being the marathon golfer of women’s golf may or may not be in the plans for the nineteen-year-old this season, but getting to watch her play every week is definitely something I look forward to.
Super slow motion video of Brooke Henderson’s extraordinary swing
Brooke’s Solid Start to 2017
Brooke started her season with a tie for 21st (-13 total) at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Brooke had her best finish of the season to this point, a tie for 4th (-14 total) at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, March 2nd-5th. Tournament Results
Brooke’s Off-Season 2017
Brooke spent much of her off-season enjoying some time away from golf. After her season ended she spent a couple weeks in Florida enjoying the sunshine and some much needed down time. After the Florida vacation, Brooke went back home to Canada and enjoyed time with friends and family. For the last few weeks of the off-season she returned to Florida to work on her game and prepare for the first tournament of the year, the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Henderson and Jutanugarn Enjoy Off-Season, Prep For 2017
About Brooke Henderson
Brooke Henderson (turning 20 in September 2017) is a professional golfer from Canada. Brooke is one of golf’s bright young stars and had a very successful 2016 season. She won twice in 2016, defending her title at the Cambia Portland Classic and winning her first major championship at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The win at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship propelled her to second in the Rolex World Rankings. She is the current No. 12 golfer. Source: Wikipedia
Brooke Henderson in 2016 (Source: LPGA)
31 events, 30 cuts made, $1,724,420 – 3rd on the money list.
Brooke won twice in 2016 including becoming the second-youngest player in LPGA history to win a major championship at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (18y/9m/2d) trailing only Lydia Ko. She had the most starts on Tour with 31 tournaments and had the second most top ten finishes with 15.
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Image credit: Feature Image of Brooke Henderson with her sister Brittany (also a tour player) courtesy of LPGA media