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Brooke Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ont., was the top Canadian, carding two birdies on the back nine to finish 2 under after the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open golf tournament in Vancouver.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for the 17-year-old Henderson. She was granted her Tour card on Tuesday after becoming the youngest Canadian to win an LPGA or PGA event with her victory last weekend at the Cambia Portland Classic.
Henderson ran into some trouble on the front nine when she bogeyed two holes but recovered on the back nine.
“Today was a little bit up and down but I was able to get it together a bit more on the back nine,” she said. “If I can just continue to build off the crowd’s energy the next couple of days I think it will be good.”
“I hit a lot of greens,” said Sharp. “I hit a lot of good drives when I needed too.
“Golf should be simple,” said the native of Chateauroux, who now lives in Orlando, Fla. “Sometimes it’s not.”
“My putting was very good,” she said. “Today I saw the hole bigger than other days.
Lydia Ko, a two-time Canadian Open winner, shot a 5-under 67 to sit alone in second. A group that included Americans Stacy Lewis and Danah Bordner, I.K. Kim of South Korea and Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg were a stroke behind at 4 under.?
“It’s good to start off well and hopefully this will give me good momentum for the next couple of days.”
The tournament has a total purse of $ 2.25 million US. The winner collects $ 337,500.
“When you make some birdies like that in a row you build some confidence,” she said. “It’s good for everything.
“It’s always nice to have a round like that.”