HENDERSON LOOKS ABOVE FOR WINNING SUPPORT
It's certainly been a long summer for Brooke Henderson and her family. In early June, Henderson’s maternal grandfather, Robert Moir, passed away after a battle with cancer, causing the Canadian star to withdraw from the U.S. Women’s Open after 18 holes to rush to his side. Then her paternal grandfather, Clem Henderson, died in early August while she was in England for the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Henderson is normally reserved on the golf course and her on-course victory festivities tend toward quiet celebrations. But the win in Canada, and all the weight lifted off her petite shoulders, brought tears to her bright blue eyes.
“I think just all the hard work that my family has put into this, my dad and my coach, my mom, my best supporter, and my sister, who's also my caddie,” said Henderson. “This was a big dream and a big goal for all of us, and I think it's just a cumulative effort of all of us that gave me the chance to be able to lift that. I mentioned I thank God for this, for this win and just the many opportunities that I've been given. My grandfathers have passed away this summer, and I really think they were helping me today.”
IN HER WORDS – HENDERSON ON WHAT IT MEANS TO WIN IN CANADA
“I definitely feel like it was meant to be this week. Everything just kind of seemed to fall my way, and I feel like when you win on the LPGA Tour it is so difficult that you kind of need those breaks and you kind of need that feeling that it's yours, and I had that this week, which is really cool. I knew it wasn't over until basically 18, but I just had that good feeling. Yeah, I don't know. It's just amazing and a dream come true.”
BOURASSA HAPPY TO SHARE TITLE WITH HENDERSON
With her win today at The Wascana, Brooke Henderson joined her countrywoman Jocelyne Bourassa as the only Canadians to win the CP Women’s Open. Bourassa took the title at the inaugural event in 1973, then called the La Canadienne, for her only LPGA Tour victory. Bourassa served as LPGA treasurer in 1974-75, and from 1980-2000, she worked as the executive director of the Du Maurier Classic, the name under which the CP Women’s Open was played as a major from 1979-2000.
Now 71, Bourassa shared the following statement with Golf Canada in celebration of Henderson’s win:
“Together with golf fans and Canadians from coast to coast, I want to pass along my most sincere congratulations to Brooke Henderson on her historic win at the 2018 CP Women’s Open. It’s been 45 years since Canada celebrated a homegrown champion Women’s Open Championship and I couldn’t be prouder today to pass that incredible honor to Brooke Henderson. My win in 1973 in front of so many Canadian golf fans was the most special moment of my golfing career and I can image how satisfying this accomplishment must feel for Brooke and her family today. She is an incredible talent and her commitment to be the very best has brought her amazing success on the global golf stage and has inspired so many others in the game. Félicitations, congratulations to Brooke!”
HENDERSON CLOSING IN ON ALL-TIME CANADIAN GOLF HISTORY
With her seventh win, Brooke Henderson is just one win shy of tying Sandra Post for the most victories by a Canadian player in LPGA history. With one more one, she would also join Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson as all-time Canadian golfers with eight PGA or LPGA victories.
YIN PUSHES THROUGH COLD, EARNS CAREER-BEST FINISH
Runner-up Angel Yin rounded out her week in Saskatchewan with a final-round 3-under 68 and earned her best career finish. Teeing off with temperatures in the mid-40s, Yin fought through the chilly front nine, carding two birdies against two bogeys. Yin shook off the cold and came back in 33 with four birdies, but her back-nine rally wasn’t quite enough to overcome Henderson’s four stroke lead.
“I think I put up a good fight,” said Yin, whose previous best finish was T3 at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. “It was really hard for me in the beginning because it was just too cold for me, and my body wasn't adjusting. I didn't have enough clothes. I didn't think it was going to be this cold. It kind of threw us a curve ball. I really was trying to adjust. By the back nine, I adjusted to it.”
Rolex Rankings No. 14 Brooke Henderson (66-66-70-65—267, -21)
- Henderson was competing in her seventh CP Women’s Open; her previous best finish was T12 in 2017
- Her 72-hole score of 267 is her lowest score of the 2018 season and is tied for the second-lowest of her LPGA career; she shot a 263 at the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic and returned a 267 at the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic, both of which she won
- She hit 37 of 56 fairways and 55 of 72 greens
- She led the field with 28 birdies
- This was Henderson’s 21st event of the 2018 season; she won the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey and had seven other top-10 finishes
- This is Henderson’s seventh career LPGA victory
Rolex Rankings No. 44 Angel Yin (65-67-71-68—271, -17)
- Yin was competing in her third CP Women’s Open; she finished T22 in 2017 and missed the cut in 2016
- This is Yin’s 20th event of the 2018 season; she has three top-10 finishes, with a best finish of third at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship
- Yin was looking for her first LPGA victory
- Mo Martin shot a 10-under 62 on Sunday to tie the tournament scoring record and the Wascana course record
- Winner Brooke Henderson was the low Canadian at -21, earning her the Sandra Post Award
- As the only amateur to make the cut, reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior champion Yealimi Noh (T46, -4) won the Marlene Streit Award
- The fourth round saw 24 sub-par scores (all birdies) at No. 17, which amounts to $120,000 raised on Saturday and $475,000 overall for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital via the CP Birdies for Heart program, which donates $5,000 per sub-par score
LEADERS TOP 10 COMPETITION
Ariya Jutanugarn continues to lead the LEADERS Top 10 competition with 13 top-10 finishes of the 2018 season. Following her T4 finish on Sunday, Minjee Lee moves into the second spot to tie 2018 LPGA rookie Jin Young Ko with 10 top-10 finishes each. Following closely behind, Brooke Henderson moves up to fourth place in the competition with her CP Women’s Open win.
The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the Blue Bay LPGA (Nov. 7-10). In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.
CME GROUP CARES WEEKENDS EAGLES
CME Group Cares Weekends is a season-long charitable giving program that turns eagles into donations. For each eagle recorded during weekend play (Saturday and Sunday) throughout the 2018 LPGA Tour season, CME Group donates $1,000 to the program’s total donation count. At the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, the stakes are even higher, as the donation has been raised to a generous $5,000 per eagle. The money raised will go toward a charitable pool and be split evenly between Wounded Warrior Project® and Bright Pink®.