Canada’s Henderson Recovers at CPKC Women’s Open; Khang from the USA is in the lead


Brooke Henderson – and her fans – can breathe a sigh of relief after making it at the CPKC Women’s Open.

Henderson is the star of the Canadian Women’s Golf Championship but she risked missing out on the weekend when she scored a 3-over-75 in the first round. She bounced back with a solid 4-under on Friday, tying for 11th and taking the lead by three shots.

“It’s not a good feeling,” Henderson said of starting the day in a position where she could be circumcised being the face of Canada’s only LPGA Tour event. “I think the key to my success today was getting a fast start, hitting a lot of fairways and greens and looking good.”

Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ontario, has the most wins of any Canadian professional golfer. Henderson’s picture, ranked No. 10 in the world, graces most of the promotional material for the Women’s Open.

“Today was a lot better,” said Henderson, who won the 2018 CP Women’s Open. “It feels really good to be underperforming again.”

“It feels like I fought really hard to get back under par so I’m really happy about that.”

Henderson and Hamilton’s Alena Sharp (76) were the only two Canadians to make it on Friday. Sharp ended the day with 1 over in 33rd place.

“The thing about golf is I feel like it’s 95 percent mental,” Henderson said as dozens of fans waited nearby for their autographs. “That hasn’t been my biggest asset this year, especially in the last few weeks.”

“Sometimes it’s just mentally exhausting to play golf. Sometimes it seems really easy, and sometimes you just have to persevere.”

Megan Khang of the United States was among the second round leaders with 7. She was tied in 13th after the first round and blasted a 6-under 66 on Friday to put herself at the top of the morning wave.

Nobody in the afternoon groups could catch them.

“Every day is different but in the middle of the round my ball shot got pretty hot and then my putter got hot too,” said Khang. “So I’m going to be patient out there.

“The front nine felt monotonous just making a birdie, but par is definitely your friend on this type of golf course.”

Sweden’s Linn Grant hit a 1-under 71 mark on Friday morning and defended second place with a 6-under overall score. First-round leader Yuka Saso (73) of Japan and South Korea’s Jin Young Ko (70) were 5-under in third place.

Grant has not finished lower than 20th since winning the Dana Open on July 13. She said her first win on the LPGA Tour boosted her confidence.

“I mean, I’d like to see my name up there,” Grant said. “That’s what I play for, so obviously I’m trying to get used to that feeling more and more because I want to be there.”

An air quality warning was issued for the greater Vancouver area in the morning due to smoke from ongoing wildfires in the British Columbia region. That notice also included Shaughnessy, but his course remained relatively smoke-free due to high winds from the nearby Fraser River.

“I noticed (the smoke) right at the start of the day. I was like, ‘Oh, this is different,'” Sharp said. “Then I checked my phone before we went out and found the reading was higher, much higher than normal.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 25, 2023.

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