Canada’s Brooke Henderson begins sizzling, takes four-shot lead at LPGA opener

ORLANDO, Fla. — One among Brooke Henderson’s targets heading into the newly minted LPGA season was to get herself into competition extra typically. 

The Canadian is off to a powerful begin, constructing a four-shot lead Friday within the Hilton Grand Holidays Event of Champions.

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Taking part in alongside Corridor of Famer Annika Sorenstam, who’s competing within the movie star division, Henderson ran off 4 birdies starting on the second gap, was 9-under par by the point she stepped onto the sixth tee and performed mistake-free for a 6-under 66 at Lake Nona.

The opposite 28 LPGA execs within the winners-only discipline swiftly entered into scramble mode simply to maintain from shedding sight of her. 

Henderson’s closest pursuers going into the third spherical are Nelly Korda — at No. 2 the top-ranked participant within the discipline — England’s Charley Hull and Wei-Ling Hsu of Taiwan. They every shot 69.

Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., was sensational at first, hitting a few wedges near tight gap areas to arrange two of her early birdies, and almost holing a 6-iron for ace on the 171-yard fourth gap. Making the beginning further particular was taking part in with Sorenstam for the primary time. 

“I really feel like I’ll bear in mind it without end,” mentioned Henderson, who has made just one bogey in 36 holes. “Simply a kind of alternatives of a lifetime. All of us look as much as her out right here on tour. She’s form and clearly an incredible participant, and I feel we will all study quite a bit from her.”

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Korda headed off after the spherical to work on her placing after lacking a number of beauty on the entrance 9 — although she did have 4 birdies after the tenth gap. 

Hull, in the meantime, who fled the chilly climate of England for 3 days of follow in Morocco to arrange, mentioned her swing was out of types, and labored arduous to supply a rating beneath 70. A 3-putt bogey on the ultimate gap left her with a spherical of 69, alongside Hsu, 5 photographs behind Henderson.

“Clearly, I’ve been taking part in within the frost, so it bounces miles. Our greens are thick. These greens are so quick in comparison with what I’m used to taking part in on,” Hull mentioned. “Yeah, I used to be considering at the moment the People undoubtedly have an enormous benefit — however I like England an excessive amount of to maneuver wherever else.”

Hsu, who bought right here by profitable the 2021 Pure Silk Championship, made six birdies however none after the thirteenth gap, finishing her 69 with 5 pars.

Tennis participant and Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish took management among the many celebrities and athletes, posting the equal of a 67 within the Modified Stableford scoring system. 

He has 78 factors, 9 factors higher than Sorenstam, a Lake Nona resident, and army veteran Chad Pfeifer. Fish and Korda started their day within the wee darkish hours, each rising early to observe Sebastian Korda — Nelly’s brother — win his match on the Australian Open.