January 22, 2023
HGV Event of Champions
ORLANDO, Fla. — While you attain a sure degree of accomplishment on the golf course, you change into identified by solely your first title. Tiger. Jack. Arnie. Annika. The observe is undoubtedly endearing, and it’s reserved for an elite group of gamers.
After Sunday at Lake Nona, Brooke Henderson may be subsequent in line for the first-name-only remedy.
Henderson ran away with the title Sunday on the Hilton Grand Holidays Event of Champions, besting Maja Stark and Charley Hull by 4 pictures to earn the crown. The win is the Canadian’s thirteenth general LPGA victory, and her third over the previous seven months.
“It was sort of the dream begin, which is actually thrilling,” Henderson mentioned. “[I’ve] at all times actually needed to win this one, so glad I lastly obtained it.”
When Henderson arrived at Lake Nona on Sunday morning, she had one hand on the trophy, however the end result was removed from sure. Winds whipping throughout Lake Nona produced white caps. Her nearest opponents, Nelly Korda and Nasa Hataoka, sat simply three strokes again. And with Henderson coming off a fall of harm and uncertainty, a night spot within the winner’s circle felt a lot additional away than simply 18 holes.
Winner’s bag: Brooke Henderson’s TaylorMade golf equipment from LPGA Hilton Holidays TOC
As soon as the primary tee balls have been within the air, none of it mattered.
Henderson, armed along with her shiny new TaylorMade setup, performed practically flawless. She poured in three birdies — benefiting from her size on the par 5s — and saved the bogeys to a minimal. She dropped only one stroke on the day with a bogey on the par-3 sixth, however performed two beneath the remainder of the best way dwelling to safe the trophy.
“All components of the sport have been working rather well this week, which that doesn’t at all times occur, so it was very nice to profit from that and be capable to hoist this trophy,” Henderson mentioned. “I’m actually glad I made the swap to TaylorMade, and hopefully the success simply continues.”
With the win, Henderson provides to her spectacular resume that features the 13 victories, together with two main championships, and an undisputed declare as essentially the most adorned Canadian golfer of all time. Not since Mike Weir in 2004 at Augusta has a golfer from north of the border captivated the golf world like Henderson. And never since Moe Norman has a Canuck been so influential.
That affect was obvious all through the week at Lake Nona — however particularly on Sunday. Canadian snowbirds dotted the galleries, clad in crimson and white, waving Canadian flags and cheering on their countrywoman in help.
However no second of Canadian patriotism stood out greater than the scene adjoining to the 18th fairway. There, on a ship in Lake Nona, a fan waved a Maple Leaf Flag from the again of a pontoon.
“I assumed that was fairly cool,” Henderson mentioned. “It was actually superior to see them on 18.”
After rolling within the clinching putt and being sufficiently soaked in champagne, Henderson walked to the scoring space to signal her card. Lining the trail there, a crowd of supporters showered her in praises.
Congratulations, Brooke! We love you, Brooke!
The primary-name-only remedy is already underway.
Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com the place he spends his days running a blog, producing and enhancing. Previous to becoming a member of the group at GOLF.com, he attended the College of Texas adopted by stops with Workforce USA, the Inexperienced Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all issues instruction and covers novice and girls’s golf.