LPGA: Brooke M. Henderson 'feels like Tiger'

LPGA: Brooke M. Henderson «feels like Tiger

UPGRADE DAY

Canadian golfer Brooke M. Henderson will be the main center of attraction at the LPGA's next event, the CP Women's Open, Thursday through Sunday, in Ottawa.

The best representative of the maple leaf in the world ranking, she who is in fifth place, did not have to wait to play her first shot of the first round before receiving her first applause from the crowd. Even during her practice rounds, many fans followed her.

“It's cool to feel a bit like Tiger [Woods] for once,” she said on the microphone by TSN.

Although she hasn't taken part in this event for a few years, due to the pandemic which forced the cancellation of the tournament, Henderson knows very well what it takes to win, she who triumphed in 2018. She addresses besides the competitions on Canadian soil slightly differently.

“There is definitely a balancing act to be achieved between enjoying it and staying focused, admitted the main interested party, at a press conference on Tuesday. I still have a job to do and I will do my best. At the same time, I try to smile a little and take advantage of the incredible opportunity.”

Henderson is on a real little cloud these days, she who has even been announced as one of athletes who will have their own playable character in the upcoming PGA Tour 2K23 Tiger Woods Edition golf video game. “As an athlete, you dream of being in a video game. It's the pinnacle.”

A Senators jersey

A former hockey goaltender, Henderson last donned her uniform when she was 14, now 24.

However, she continues to skate from time to time, she who laced a pair of skates for the last time on a frozen lake, in 2021.

For the moment of a week, she will find a snippet of hockey on the 17th hole of the Ottawa Hunt course, where strips identical to those on the edge of the ice, in the arenas, will be erected. The idea was born at the RBC Canadian Open, on the PGA side. Henderson has already chosen the team she will represent when she crosses the tee box of this hole.

“I pulled out my [Ottawa Senators] jersey. I'm ready, explained Henderson. That's a really cool idea. It's funny. It allows you to take something quite unique seen at the RBC Canadian Open and bring it to the women's side. I actually played a practice hole there [Tuesday] morning and the fans were banging heavily on the tapes. It's going to be very loud, but it reminds me of when I used to play hockey.”