Ranked second in the world, Canada’s Brooke Henderson enters the US Women’s Open as one of the tournament favourites.
At just 18-years-old, this will be the fourth time Henderson has competed at the event, which is one of the biggest in women’s golf. Henderson finished fifth at last year’s US Women’s Open and was tied for 10th in 2014.
“I’ve played really well in US Women’s Open’s, and I played really well in major championships, because you really got to take a little bit of a different strategy,” Henderson told GolfCanada.ca. “You really need to stay patient, which is something that I’ve worked on over the last few years. I’m really excited for this week.”
Henderson sits behind New Zealand’s Lydia Ko in the world rankings. The two, along with No. 4 ranked Lexi Thompson of the United States, will be grouped together. Tee time is scheduled for 5:03 p.m. on Thursday in San Martin, California. The tournament ends on Sunday.
Henderson is coming off the third LPGA tour victory of her career on Sunday, winning the Portland Classic for the second straight year. She finished the event at -14 for a four-stroke win over American Stacy Lewis.
In June, Henderson won her first major by edging Ko in a playoff to win the Women’s PGA Championship.
Henderson has earned a qualification spot to represent Canada at the Olympic debut of women’s golf this summer at Rio 2016, along with friend and tour player Alena Sharp. Golf Canada will make its Olympic nominations official near the end of July.
Sharp, ranked 93rd, will also be in action at the US Women’s Open this week. She’s in a group with Megan Khang (120nd) of the United States and Beatriz Recari (163rd) of Spain.