The Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions goes to Brooke Mackenzie Henderson who in Orlando, Florida, with a total of 272 (67 66 69 70, -16) won the first tournament of the 2023 LPGA Tour beating the Swedish Maja by four strokes Stark and the English Charley Hull, both 2/e with 276 (-12) ahead of the American Nelly Korda, 4/a with 277 (-11).
At the age of 25 years, 4 months and 12 days, Henderson celebrated her 13th success (including 2 Majors) on the top US women’s circuit, thus confirming herself as the most successful Canadian project. Now in first place in the Race to The CME Globe, the FedEx Cup in pink, Henderson – who was born in Ontario and resides in Smith Falls – in Florida has dominated the scene. In the lead from the first to the fourth round, she has therefore added another title to her resume.
“I challenged 29 of last year’s best players and I couldn’t have started 2023 better. It’s a dream start and I hope to continue like this”, satisfied Henderson. Whose exploit earned her $225,000 for a total prize pool of $1,500,000.
The LPGA Tour is the premier women’s professional golf tour in the United States of America, operated by the LPGA.
The first edition of the tournament dates back to 1950 with the organization of the Tampa Women’s Open. The most titled golfer is the American Kathy Whitworth, winner of 88 tournaments on the LPGA Tour.
The LPGA (acronym for Ladies Professional Golf Association) was founded in 1950 on the initiative of thirteen players, with the aim of promoting women’s professional golf in the United States of America Its first president was Patty Berg. In that same circumstance it was decided to start a series of tournaments, on an annual basis, included in a single circuit known as the LPGA Tour.
The first official tournament of the LPGA Tour was the Tampa Women’s Open, held in January 1950 at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa, where the amateur Polly Riley triumphed, surprisingly able to beat already professional and much more experienced players.