Professional / LPGA Tour

Brooke Henderson, aided by new putter and hole-in-one, grabs early lead at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Brooke Henderson had a highly productive first day at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Brooke Henderson had a highly productive first day at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. (Getty Images)

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – As far as opening rounds at a major go, Brooke Henderson hit the jackpot. She made an ace, won a car and leads the field at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Henderson, 18, birdied three of the last four holes June 9 to shoot 4-under 67 and lead by two (Christina Kim and In-Kyung Kim sit tied for second at 2 under, with Ariya Jutanugarn T-4 at 1 under).

“Yeah, it was a pretty good day today,” said Henderson with a big smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She’s currently ranked fourth in the world.

Now, about that Kia K900. Henderson told big sister, Brittany, all season long that if she made an ace, Brittany gets a car. Brooke didn’t mention the deal this week at Sahalee Country Club, but assured her sister after holing out on the par-3 13th that the car was hers.

“I told her no take-backs,” Brittany said with a laugh. While Brittany, a former Symetra Tour player, doesn’t currently own a car, Henderson is sponsored by BMW and drives an X5.

Henderson, who started on the 10th hole, pulled her 7-iron on No. 13 and watched it get caught up in the left apron and then roll into the hole from 155 yards. This marks Henderson’s fourth ace.

Many of Henderson’s nine top-10 finishes this year came on the strength of strong weekends. Henderson’s 67 at Sahalee is her lowest first-round score of the season.

“I kind of was feeding off the energy I had last year at KPMG,” said Henderson of her opening 67 at Westchester Country Club. “I started off with a 6-under round, so I was hoping to do the same thing.”

On Tuesday, Canada’s finest put the new Ping Vault Oslo putter in bag after trying it for the first time.

She hit 10 greens, 10 fairways and took 23 putts. Henderson had used a Ping Craz-E putter for the past year and a half.

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