Brooke Henderson wasn’t certain what number of tournaments she’d get into this LPGA season, or if she’d even tee off in any respect.
At house together with her household in Smiths Falls, Ont., whereas the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the LPGA’s schedule through the spring, Henderson stated she puzzled about how snug she can be returning to the tour.
Now, Henderson will to cap what she calls a profitable season on the closing cease of 2020 when she tees off Thursday on the CME Group Tour Championship at Naples, Fla.
“In a loopy yr, an unsure yr, I really feel like my golf sport has been at a very great spot and I would classify my season as successful,” Henderson, 23, stated Wednesday on a videoconference. “I did not know the way a lot I used to be going to play or if I used to be even going to play, if I would be snug out right here once I was again house in Canada through the summer season.
“I am simply joyful that I made the selection to return again out on tour and grateful to the LPGA for all they’ve performed to permit this to occur, and comparatively safely.”
Henderson missed the primary three tournaments of the LPGA’s summer season restart earlier than returning Aug. 20 on the Girls’s British Open. Whereas she missed the reduce at storied Royal Troon Outdated Course in Scotland, she later put collectively a run of 4 straight top-six performances, together with a tie for second on the ANA Inspiration main.
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Counting a tie for fourth on the season-opening Diamond Resorts Event of Champions in January, Henderson has 5 top-10 finishes in 9 tournaments heading into the finale.
“It is simply such an superior event and an excellent championship, and I might love to complete the 2020 season on a excessive,” stated Henderson, who has received 9 tournaments in her LPGA profession. “Hopefully I will make loads of birdies, make loads of putts, and see if I can put myself in rivalry on Sunday afternoon.
“I would be pleased with a high 10 however clearly hoping for extra,” she added.
Henderson struggled to make the reduce and completed tied for 44th at 10 over. A chilly snap within the Texan metropolis and a rain delay that pushed the tip of the ultimate spherical to Monday made situations tough.
“The Monday end was just a little bit tough, altering flights and going straight to the airport after the spherical,” stated Henderson, who stated she was sporting 5 layers Monday to take care of the chilly. “That positively takes so much out of you, particularly with the chilly temperatures”.
Now again in her house base of South Florida, Henderson stated she is feeling refreshed and prepared.
“My outcomes did not actually present it final week, however I be ok with the place I am at and the place my sport is,” she stated. “I believe a few issues I wanted to work on, I labored on them by the weekend final week and the final couple of days right here.
“I simply completed a Professional-Am and had loads of enjoyable, so proper now I am feeling nice and simply actually excited for the following 4 days.”