One of Brooke Henderson’s goals this season has been to give herself the chance to win more consistently. The Canadian got off to a great start to the season, taking the lead by four strokes after two rounds at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.
Playing with Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, who played on the celebrity side of the tournament, Henderson took four consecutive birdies on the second hole, was -9 on the sixth tee, and played a flawless round of 66, even six behind on the Nova Lake course.
The other 28 professionals on this plateau, reserved for tournament winners in 2022, soon had to play make-up golf. Henderson’s closest followers in the third round will be American Nelly Korda, England’s Charley Hull and Taiwan’s Wei-Ling Hsu, all shooting 69 shots.
Henderson was sensational from the start, shooting a few approach shots near the flags, setting the table with two birds early in the course, and getting closer to catching the 171-yard approach shot in the fourth with the help of the 6 irons. But what made his tour so memorable for him was that he played with Sorenstam.
“I think I’ll remember that for the rest of my life,” said Ontarian, who only bogies on 36 holes. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. He is a great actor, very calm and we can all learn from him. »
After the Korda lap, he went to the training ground and missed a few hits in the front nine that looked positive despite having four birds out of the 10th.
Hull said his momentum was not in place and he had to work hard to play below 70. He made 69 despite a bogey after three hits in his last hole. Five moves behind Hsu and Henderson.
“These greens are very fast compared to what I’m used to,” he argued. I thought the Americans had a big advantage today, but I love England too much to move anywhere else. »
Hsu had six birds but none after 13.
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