Ko, Henderson face off again
Teen stars Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson will resume their rivalry at this week's Meijer LPGA Classic.
World number two Henderson won her first major title last week at Sahalee, when she edged out top-ranked Ko – and several others – to lift the Women's PGA Championship title.
After finishing the 72 holes tied at the top of the standings at Blythefield Country Club, the 18-year-old Canadian Henderson birdied the first play-off hole to deny the top-ranked Kiwi – who is just five months older – her second major win of the season.
"I definitely have more left," Henderson said.
"It was definitely a high moment for me. It's just a good stepping stone in the right direction and I definitely have a ton of momentum and confidence coming off it.
"I had tons of emails, Twitter messages, text messages, all of it.
"It was kind of overwhelming a little bit, but I've been able to respond to quite a few. Especially back home in Canada, everybody kind of went nuts, which was a pretty cool feeling."
After her victory last week, Henderson attended a Portland Classic promotional event, where she will defend her first LPGA title in August, before leaving for the American Midwest for this week's tournament.
"Everything is kind of clicking into place and I'm really looking forward to this summer," Henderson added.
Having won the ANA Inspiration title in April this year, Ko had to settle for second last week, but has quickly moved onto the next challenge.
"Playing well last week definitely helps with the confidence coming into this week, but every week it can change," Ko said.
The world number one has seven top 10 finishes in the 11 tournaments she has played in this year, and Henderson was full of praise for the Kiwi starlet.
"She will always be an inspiration to young golfers, to women, even men that play the game and I don't think that will ever change," Henderson added
“Her career has been really remarkable. She has proven to everybody that things are possible even though they haven't happened before. It's just kind of confidence knowing that she did it, I can do it too."
The feeling appeared to be mutual as well…
"She has been playing really solid all year, a bunch of top-10s, and for her to win her first major, it's amazing," Ko said of Henderson.
"And she's still only 18. I think it's great."
Collin Morikawa wins Race to Dubai as Rory McIlroy’s frustrations boil over
The Northern Irishman appeared to rip his shirt open in the recording area behind the 18th green.
Tiger Woods shares footage of him hitting balls as rehab continues
Woods was injured in a car accident in February.
Rory McIlroy takes one-shot lead into final round in Dubai after shooting a 67
England’s Sam Horsfield is just a shot off the lead, one ahead of Scot Robert MacIntyre.
Double bogey on final hole sees Rory McIlroy slip shot off the pace in Dubai
The round one leader is a shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Shane Lowry, England’s Sam Horsfield and American John Catlin.
I’m on the right path – Rory McIlroy excited about road to next majors challenge
McIlroy is now a combined 148 under par in the £6.6million season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Open champion Collin Morikawa determined to take chances in Race to Dubai bid
Morikawa had the chance to top the Order of Merit by winning last year’s DP World Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy unlikely to change schedule despite new-look European Tour
The European Tour will be known as the DP World Tour from the 2022 season but Florida-based McIlroy will continue to focus on the PGA Tour.
Punter’s pointers at the DP World Tour Championship: Course and desert specialists to the fore
It’s the final week of the 2021 European Tour season and the best 50 players of the season are convening at Jumeirah’s Earth Course.
JB Hansen wins AVIV Dubai Championship to claim second European Tour title
The Dane finished a shot clear of Italy’s Francesco Laporta and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.