Although three seasoned LPGA Tour stars, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, and Inbee Park, dominated the top of the leaderboard at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, rookie Kim Kaufman and Canada’s amateur star, Brooke Henderson, made some history of their own at the London Hunt and Country Club.
Rookie Kim Kaufman reeled off a tie for fourth in only her second LPGA Tour start at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, so it was natural that she would ramp up her expectations for herself. Since the Shootout she’s missed cuts in six of eight events with her best finish being a tie for 23rd heading into this week. So Kaufman was thrilled Sunday when a final-round 66 vaulted her into a tie for 5th.
It’s what I needed. I had a great week in Dallas months ago, and I haven’t had a great week since. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and I hope it’s going to get me into Asia really.
Kaufman’s talking about the six-week stretch in Asia starting in early October where the fields are limited to 72 players and there isn’t a cut. That’s the goal for everyone over the next three events – make the cut for Asia – and her $83,061 check this week will almost double her season’s earnings and push her into the top-50 on the money list.
Sixteen-year-old Brooke Henderson had missed the cut in 2012 and 2013 at her country’s national championship. At the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, she had one goal: Make the cut. That she did.
Then on Sunday she did more than that, finishing as the low amateur and low Canadian with a tie for 46th. Rounds of 70-71-71-74 meant Henderson has now made the cut in each of her four starts on the LPGA Tour this season.
Luckily I’ve made it to the last four days in all of my LPGA Tour events this year, and like I said, it’s a huge learning experience and you learn so much being able to play the weekend because it’s different than the first two days, and you get to play with the best players . . . It’s a great experience and I’m very grateful to have been in the position.
On Monday, Henderson – the No. 2 amateur in the world – will reverse roles and fly to California to caddie for her old sister Brittany in Qualifying School for the LPGA Tour.