Henderson “I’m the Opening Day Champ”… ‘Wire to Wire’ winner
Henderson HGVTOC 13th win ‘cheers’Brooke Henderson (Canada) won the ‘Wire to Wire’.
Henderson won the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (HGVTOC, LPGA) Tour 2023 season opener, which ended on the 22nd (local time) at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club (par 72, 6608 yards) in Orlando, Florida, USA. $1.5 million in prize money) On the final day, he added 2 under par and achieved a 4-stroke victory (16 under par, 272 strokes). It is a perfect victory that kept the top of the leaderboard for four days. It is the 13th win in his career in six months since the major Amundi Evian Championship in July last year, and the prize money for the championship is 1.5 million dollars (approximately 1.85 billion won).
This tournament is the ‘Wangjungwangjeon’, where 29 winners of the LPGA Tour competitions in the last two years competed. Pros and celebrities (53 people) played in one group. The pros determined the winner with a stroke, and the celebrity with a modified stablepod (5 points for eagle, 3 points for birdie, 2 points for par, and 1 point for bogey). 안전놀이터
Henderson started with a three-stroke lead and caught three birdies (one bogey). He forgot the 2nd hole (par 5) birdie by bogeying the 6th hole (par 3), but added 2 birdies on the 9th and 15th holes (more par 5). Although he missed 8 fairways and 5 greens, he did not lose any strokes thanks to his excellent risk management skills. Henderson was strong in the event, finishing 5th in 2019, tying for 4th in 2020, 9th in 2021 and 2nd in 2022.
Charlie Hull (England) and Maja Stark (Sweden) tied for second place (12 under par, 276 strokes), and “Nike Girl” Nellie Corda (USA) took fourth place (11 under par, 277 strokes). Hataoka Nasa (Japan) was sluggish with a 2-over par and was pushed to 5th place (9-under 279 strokes). Defending champ Daniel Kang (USA) finished the tournament tied for 12th (4 under par 284 strokes). The LPGA Tour will continue its season on the 23rd of next month with Honda LPGA Thailand (total prize money of 1.7 million dollars).
In the celebrity category, Mardi Fish (USA), a former tennis player, tied 4 birdies, 10 pars, 3 bogeys and 1 double bogey. He added 35 points and won by 16 points (152 points). The winning prize is $100,000 (approximately 120 million won). Mark Mulder is second (136 points), ‘golf empress of yesteryear’ Annika Sorenstam (Sweden) tied for third (133 points), and 2019 and 2020 winner John Smoltz (USA) is eighth (122 points).