Henderson hits hole-in-one, leads first round of Women’s PGA Championship

A hole-in-one highlighted golfer Brooke Henderson’s near-ideal opening day at Women’s PGA Championship in Sammamish, Washington on Thursday.

Scoring the ace on her fourth hole of the first round, Henderson closed the day with a two shot lead and four-under-par. Spoils for Henderson’s eagle – a new car – was gifted to sister Brittany – who is caddying for the first round leader in Sammamish.

The eagle came at an ideal time for Henderson, after she had a bogey at the 12th – her third hole of the day – and fell one-over-par. The 152-yard hole-in-one from the next tee spirited on the 18-year-old Canadian to two birdies at 16th and 17th to go three-under-par into the back nine.

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Although two other bogeys followed in the opening three holes of the back nine, Henderson regrouped. She delivered three birdies from her final four greens of the first round to go four-under for the day as the overall leader.

Henderson is ranked fourth in the LPGA tour in her first full pro season, a year that coincides with golf’s return to the Olympic Games and the debut of the women’s event. She won her first pro title last August in nearby Portland, Oregon.