Brooke Henderson Secures Commanding LPGA Tour Season Opening Title

The Canadian dismantled the competition, as she picked up her 13th LPGA Tour title in dominant fashion

Henderson sticks her thumb up
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Just days after signing for TaylorMade, Brooke Henderson added yet another LPGA Tour title to her resume, with the Canadian claiming victory at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida.

Beginning the final day, Henderson held a comfortable three shot lead from Nelly Korda and Nasa Hataoka, with the 25-year-old never looking in much trouble throughout her fourth round.

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Maintaining her three shot lead as the front nine wore on, a birdie at the par 5 ninth extended her advantage to four shots and, for the remainder of the back nine, that's how it stayed, with neither Korda, Hataoka or Charley Hull able to make any inroads to Henderson's lead.

Five pars to start her back nine was then followed by yet another birdie, with the Canadian never looking like she would make any mistakes, with up-and-downs being followed by a solid performance off the tee.

With her lead now four and those in front her finishing their rounds, Henderson put it close on the par 3 17th and, although she missed the birdie putt, a par was all she needed to do as no-one was challenging her. Standing on the tee of the 72nd hole, the 25-year-old striped yet another drive down the fairway, with the win all but guaranteed. 

Hull lines up her tee shot

Hull carried on her good form with a runner-up finish alongside Maja Stark.

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Safely finding the green, just 15-feet left of the flag, she confidently two-putted for her 13th LPGA Tour title and the third in just eight months. A stunning performance as she held off the likes of Korda, Hull and Maja Stark.

In the celebrity portion of the tournament, we were treated to yet another convincing victory, this time in the form of former professional tennis player, Mardy Fish, who secured a huge 15 point win over Mark Mulder.

Carrying a +3 handicap, the tennis aces' 152 point total works out at an incredible eight-under-par! Seriously impressive shooting from the six-time winner on the ATP Tour and now two-time winner at the Tournament of Champions.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x