If you live in Regina, and you haven’t seen Brooke Henderson’s face plastered on television ads, buses, and billboards over the last few months, then you haven’t been getting out.
The 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario is the face of women’s golf in Canada and she will be the one to watch as the CP Canadian Women’s Open officially begins Thursday morning at the Wascana Golf Club.
Henderson, who comes into the event ranked #14 in the world, admits it is a little surreal to see her likeness everywhere, but she is OK with that.
Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. It’s really, really cool, though. I kind of blush a little bit, I think; a little embarrassed. It’s just unreal.” Henderson said.
Playing on the LPGA Tour every single week is my dream come true, and then to come here where I’m kind of that center of attention, again, is kind of a highlight.
Henderson is one of 16 Canadians in the field hoping to take home top prize of $337,500 and more importantly become the first Canadian to win the event since 1973. She knows she will be the favourite amongst many who will be coming out to watch the event.
“It’s just such a meaningful event for all Canadians.” Henderson stated. “I think there are 16 in the field this week, and every one
of us definitely feel a little bit more pressure playing at home.It’s a lot of fun. To have the crowds on your side, know they’re there for you, cheering you on, is a really cool feeling that we get most weeks on the LPGA Tour, but this one, it’s really special.”
Henderson comes into the event having had a solid season. She has one victory, and eight top-ten finishes including a tie for 7th last week at an event in Indianapolis where on the final day she shot a 9 under 63.
“Yeah, I definitely feel like my game is in a good spot.” Henderson said, I feel like my ball-striking is going very well, my greens in reg stats are very good for the past summer. On Sunday seeing lot of putts roll in was a great feeling for me, and gives me a lot of confidence back in my putter that I’ve been changing in and out for the last year or so. Definitely to see those putts go in and make birdies, shoot minus nine, and finish strong on Sundays was really important to my confidence and momentum coming into this week. but all weeks are different.
Henderson is arguably in the marquee threesome of the first round as she will walk the Wascana with world #1 and defending champ Sung Hyun Park and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist. She is the number 18 ranked player in the world.
Results of the first round as they happen can be found here with the first group going off at 7 AM.