Henderson changes clubs to win LPGA Tour season opener
Brooke Henderson (Canada) won the opening match of the 2023 season of the LPGA Tour.
Henderson made a birdie in the fourth round on the final day of the LPGA Tour Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (total prize money of $1.5 million) held at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club (par 72, 6,617 yards) in Orlando, Florida, on the 23rd (Korean time). He shot a 2-under 70 with 3 shots and 1 bogey.
Henderson, who recorded a final total of 16 under par 272 strokes, beat Maya Stark (Sweden) and Charlie Hull (England), who were tied for second place, by four strokes. The winning prize is $225,000 (approximately 270 million won).
Henderson won the trophy again six months after the Evian Championship, a major tournament in July of last year, and achieved his 13th victory in his tour career.
Henderson, who took the lead by three strokes until the third round, won the wire-to-wire championship without missing the first place for all four days of this tournament. 토토사이트
He started the 2023 season in a good mood by winning at once with a TaylorMade club and a ball from this season instead of Ping, which he had been using for a long time. Henderson, who was using a 48-inch driver, reportedly chose to change clubs to solve the problem as the distance decreased by an average of 7 yards after the United States Golf Association (USGA) changed the rules to allow club lengths up to 46 inches. The new club selection was able to produce satisfactory results and was rewarded with a win in the opening match.
Nellie Korda (USA) ranked fourth with an 11-under 277. This tournament, which is the season opener, can only feature tour winners over the past two years, and 29 players participated in this year’s event. No Korean players appeared, and last year’s winner, Daniel Kang (USA), a Korean player, finished the tournament tied for 12th place with a 4-under par of 284 strokes.
The tournament was held in a pro-am format in which pros and celebrities played together, and Mardi Fish (USA), a former tennis player, won the celebrity rankings with 152 points. Fish reached the top for the second time in this competition after 2021. Celebrity rankings are compiled using a modified Stableford method that converts each hole into a score.
US major league baseball player Mark Mulder (USA) came second with 136 points, and retired ‘golf empress’ Annika Sorenstam (Sweden) ranked third with 133 points.