Orlando, Fla. ( Associated Press) – At the start of each season, Brooke Henderson sets a goal of winning as many LPGA Tour titles as possible. They didn’t wait long to hoist their first trophy of 2023.
Henderson shot 2-under 70 on Sunday for a comprehensive victory at the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at Lake Nona.
Playing in windy and sometimes rough conditions, the 25-year-old Canadian remained consistent, making sure not to give too much hope to the group trying to catch up with her. He entered the day’s session ahead by three shots and eventually won by four, ending the event at 16-under-par 272. It was her 13th LPGA win.
“It’s very exciting,” Henderson said. “I always try to win twice a year, so starting off the right way takes a little pressure off me… Being in the fight is exciting and winning the trophy is even more exciting.”
Henderson had long sought the Tournament of Champions title. She had finished no lower than ninth in the previous four seasons and was second behind Danielle Kang the year before. Sunday was her 16th consecutive round under par on the LPGA since 2022 and her 16th consecutive round under par in this tournament.
In her second year as a professional, Swedish Maja Stark tried to come back down the final stretch, carding 31 shots, five under par, over the final nine holes. Starc finished joint second with England’s Charlie Hull. Both had a day of 69 strokes, the fourth consecutive day that Hull recorded that figure.