At the end of the 2018 LPGA Tour season just three North Americans finished among the top ten in the Race to the CME Globe.
At the top of that pack was Canada’s pocket rocket Brooke Henderson, who finished the race second behind Ariya Jutanugarn.
After 28 events, 11 top ten finishes and two wins, Henderson accumulated 5200 points during the campaign.
Her wins came at the CP Women’s Open and the LOTTE Championship, capping what was a remarkably consistent season. The CP Women’s Open was particularly significant for Henderson and for golf in her country, as no Canadian had won the national open since 1973.
Her exploits were recognised by The Canadian Press, when it named her as that country’s Female Athlete of the Year this week. More than 55 percent of broadcasters and editors around the country voted for Henderson.
For the onlooker, the award was no surprise. However, Henderson refuses to take any of what she has achieved for granted.
“Especially this year being an Olympic year with all the great athletes that competed in the Winter Olympics, it’s a big honour and I’m just really proud to take home this award again,” Henderson told journalists, after winning it for a third time.
A change in date from August to May last year placed the tournament second in line behind the Masters, in calendar terms at least.
The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.
The Northern Irishman needs to win to reclaim the world number one spot from Jon Rahm.
The 56-year-old, who is already the oldest winner on Tour, shot a 64 to claim a share of second place.
Rory McIlroy is excited about the jam-packed schedule that lies ahead.
The American is now sixth in the world rankings.
The world number 89 blamed a new putter as he laboured to a closing round of 77 at the British Masters.
Rahm replaced Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings following his victory in the Memorial Tournament.
Seven years of hard work paid off in spectacular fashion for Michael Thompson at the 3M Open on Sunday.