Brooke Henderson (Canada), 7th in the women’s golf world ranking, won the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (total prize money of $1.5 million), the opening match of the new season of the LPGA Tour. occupied
In the final 4th round of the tournament held on the 23rd (Korean time) at Lake Nona GC (par 72, 6617 yards) in Orlando, Florida, USA, Henderson recorded 2 under par 70 strokes by tying 3 birdies and 1 bogey.
Henderson, who recorded a final total of 16 under par and 272 strokes, climbed to the top by comfortably beating Maya Stark (Sweden) and Charlie Hull 먹튀검증 (England, above 12 under par, 276 strokes) in second place by four strokes. The winning prize is 225,000 dollars (approximately 278 million won).
Henderson, who recorded his first tour win at the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic at the age of 18, has steadily accumulated wins. Henderson, who added two wins last year, including the Evian Championship in the major tournament, achieved her 13th win in her personal career with this win.
In particular, as the opening game of the LPGA Tour, it became the first case of winning the ‘Wire-to-Wire’ without missing the lead for four days in this tournament in the nature of ‘King of Kings’ where only the winners of the last two years compete.
Henderson, who led the second place group by three strokes until the previous day, did not miss the lead on the final day. After catching a birdie in the 2nd hole (par 5), he lost a stroke in the 6th hole (par 3), but finished the first half with 1 under par by reducing one stroke in the 9th hole (par 5).
As Nellie Koda (USA) and Hataoka Nasa (Japan), who were in the second place group, could hardly catch up, Henderson played the game more comfortably.
Henderson, who was continuing his par streak in the second half, added a birdie on the 15th hole (par 5) and pared all the remaining holes to confirm the championship.
Koda, who joined the ‘Nike Division’ from this year as the world’s No. 2, traded 3 birdies for 3 bogeys on the last day to finish even par, finishing the game in 4th place with a final total of 11 under par and 277 strokes.
Hataoka, who was tied for second place with Koda, was sluggish with a 2-over par and finished fifth alone with a final total of 9 under par 279 strokes.
While no Korean players participated in this tournament due to injury or other reasons, Daniel Kang, a Korean-American who won last year, finished the tournament tied for 12th place with a final total of 4 under par 284 strokes.
Meanwhile, this tournament was held in a pro-am format with pros and celebrities. Mardi Fish (USA), a former tennis player, won with 152 points in the ‘Celebrity’ ranking held in the modified Stableford method.
Fish won the event for the second time after 2021.
American major league baseball player Mark Mulder (USA) came second with 136 points, and women’s golf ‘legend’ Annika Sorenstam (Sweden) took third place with 133 points.