The high on Thursday in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, is expected to be 14 degrees. Singapore’s high? 90 degrees. Just a bit of difference for Canada’s favorite daughter Brooke Henderson.
“It was a lot of fun to be back home in the snow,” said Henderson, who spent three days visiting family in her hometown in mid-February. “I forgot how cold it is there in the wintertime.”
While Canada will always be home, Henderson now makes her full-time residence in South Florida, which sometimes rivals Singapore for heat and humidity. She spent two weeks back in the warmth and sunshine before taking an 18.5-hour flight to Singapore, a tournament she missed in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Even that long plane ride, I was just really pumped to be back here,” said Henderson, who is competing in her fifth HSBC Women’s World Championship. “Sometimes I'd just tap Britt (Henderson, her sister and caddie) on the shoulder, and we'd look around and appreciate the beauty, and we're like we're finally here again.”
Henderson has never finished worse than 15th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship. After two rounds on the New Tanjong Course, she said the course is playing slightly different than the last time she competed.
“I feel it's playing a little bit longer, and the course has maybe matured a little bit more over the last few years. The rough's a little bit longer and has grown in some areas. The trees seemed taller and bushier,” said Henderson. “So it changed the way the course looks a little bit, but still a great feel to it. It will definitely be a challenge over the next few days. Also, as you mentioned, there's a lot of birdie opportunities. So hopefully I'll be able to capitalize on those.”