Brooke Henderson entered illustrious company in Canadian golf lore on Saturday, successfully defending the LPGA Tour’s Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
With the win at Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu, Henderson won her eighth LPGA title at the age of 21. On the heel’s of the four-stroke win, Henderson now joins Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson as the winningest Canadian pro golfers of all time. All four golfers have brought home eight professional titles, though Weir is still active and currently competing on the Web.com Tour as he transitions to the PGA Tour Champions when he turns 50.
“It’s really amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Mike Weir, George, and Sandra,” Henderson said after her win. “This week was really special.”
Henderson said the record came into view last season, thinking she could get there with good play in 2018 and 2019.
“When I was younger it was just a goal to be on the LPGA Tour, to win my first event,” she said. “And when that happened and I won my first major the year after, things kind of just started to fall into place. I knew the record was eight.”
She added, “Last year put me into great position, and coming back this year it’s been on the back of my mind every week that I tee it up.”
Coming off a major at the ANA Inspiration, Henderson said she wanted to keep things light this week. As she was preparing to defend her title from last year, it dawned on her why she loves Ko Olina.
“Even stepping on the course I guess early Monday I was going around playing a practice round and I just kind of said to myself, I can see why I play well here,” she said. “Every hole kind of suits my eye and every hole I feel like I can make birdie.”
Obviously the next goal is nine wins, to own the Canadian pro golf wins record by herself. At age 21, she’s almost certain to get there — perhaps in this event next year.
“Just really happy that I have finally done it. Looking forward to overtaking it now.”