Brooke Henderson leads the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, courtesy of her first ace on the LPGA Tour.
Brooke, from Canada, carded first round -4 under par 67, at Sahalee Country Club, which included that Ace, which came at the 152 yard par three 13th hole, using a seven iron. The feat won her a brand new car, a Kia K900 in the process;
“It was a pretty good day today. Yeah, the hole-in-one was awesome.”
“I pulled my shot a little bit, caught the left apron and followed right into the hole. It’s my fourth one. And ended up being the car hole. And four-under today.”
“So it was a good set.”
“A lot of my top-10s have come on Saturday and Sunday, so to start off today with a pretty good round, I kind of was feeding off the energy I had last year at KPMG.”
“I started off with a six-under round, so I was hoping to do the same thing.”
Sharing second place are Christina Kim, USA, and In-Kyung Kim from South Korea, both at -2 under par with their first rounds of 69.
Christina was absolutely exhausted after the first round finish;
“My left eye is still twitching right now, it’s been going on for the last six holes.”
“This place has absolutely drained me. I’m very, very thankful that I was able to play early today, to be able to get some rest, to go out there and try and do it again tomorrow.”
“It’s a great feeling, but I am exhausted right now.”
World number one Lydia Ko started the second Major of the season with a modest even par round of 71, to be T12 with a host of other ladies.
Lydia is not fazed by her position, she just wants to enjoy her golf;
“There’s still a lot of golf to be played.”
“A lot of girls are playing good golf. It’s not like I’m the only one in the field.”
“I’ve just got to enjoy it.”
Defending KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Inbee Park is attempting to win the event for the fourth straight time, the World Number two is now officially heading into the Hall of Fame. She started the defence of her title with an opening round +1 over par72, and everyone hopes that her niggling thumb injury will not flare up and ruin the party;
“It’s just hard because it’s not a big pain, like a back pain or like knee pain or something that’s you can’t walk or you can’t stand up.”
“It’s just a little part of your body, but it’s just bothering enough to affect the swing.”