Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois will be the location of this year’s Women’s PGA Championship, which wraps up Sunday, July 2 on NBC. Defending champion Brooke Henderson, who at age 18 became the youngest player to ever win the Women’s PGA Championship, and the second youngest to win any major, would love to stage a repeat performance of 2016. In that event she held off top-ranked Lydia Ko in a playoff at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle to win her first Major. The playoff between Henderson and Ko also meant the end of Indee Park’s winning streak. Park had won three straight Women’s PGA Championship titles from 2013 to 2015.
Henderson is yet another bright young star on the LPGA tour, which continues to grow in popularity, including in her home country of Canada. With her Women’s PGA Championship title last year she became the first Canadian to win a Major in 48 years. In 2015 the Canadian Press named her Female Athlete of the Year.
As an amateur, she was the top-ranked women’s golfer before deciding to turn pro at the end of 2014. As of this writing she has eight professional wins, including three on the LPGA Tour. She took some time out last summer (2016) to represent Canada at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she finished seventh in the Women’s Golf Tournament right after winning the Cambia Portland Classic in July. Her best finish this season came at the HSBC Women’s Champions in March when she finished tied for fourth.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson
Born: Sept. 10, 1997
Birthplace: Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5 foot 4 inches
LPGA Tour Wins: 3
Honors and Achievements: Women’s PGA Championship winner, 2016; Canadian Press female athlete of the year, 2015