Canada’s Brooke Henderson capped off her week at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions with her 60th bogey-free round since 2016, firing a 2-under 70 to post -13 and finish solo second. With 16 pars and two birdies on the card, it wasn’t exactly the winning performance she was looking for. But overall, Henderson was pleased with the effort and proud of how she ground out a red number around a chilly Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.
“It wasn't really the day I was looking for,” said Henderson who hit 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. “At the same time, you grind it out pretty well, and I was happy to make two birdies. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. Still proud of how we played out there today in those tough conditions. Danielle played amazing, so it was pretty cool to watch her go so far ahead of everybody else. I came into this week thinking I had put in some solid work in the offseason, so it’s nice to see that it's paying off. Hopefully, I can use this momentum over the next couple of weeks and get a couple more top finishes.”
Henderson is set to tee it up at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio next week and will make the drive to Boca Raton hoping for warmer weather and less challenging conditions. Even though the Tournament of Champions and her career-best finish in the event will be squarely in Henderson’s rearview mirror, there’s still plenty of confidence to be gleaned from a top-five showing with three of four rounds in the 60s.
“For the most part, I think I did a lot of things really well,” she said. “It was nice to get up and down as many times as I did, and even a couple of times when I hit the green, I made long putts. It was nice to go bogey-free the last two days. I would've liked to make a few more birdies, make a little bit more of a charge, but at the end of the day, I can't complain too much. If you had told me at the beginning of the week I would be in the top-five, I would be very happy. Definitely excited moving forward.”