Henderson says rise to second in world is 'surreal'

Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:06pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Not long ago Brooke Henderson was simply trying to make ends meet as a rookie on the LPGA Tour but fast forward 18 months and she is breathing down the neck of Lydia Ko at the top of the world rankings.

The workaholic Canadian, who has spent just two and a half weeks at home since Christmas, announced herself on the international stage by capturing a first major victory at the LPGA Championship in June.

Aged 18 years and nine months, Henderson became the second-youngest woman to capture a major after South Korean-born New Zealander Ko, the world number one.

Henderson followed up her stunning triumph at Sahalee, east of Seattle, by completing a wire-to-wire win as she staged a successful defence of her Portland Classic title in Oregon this month.

"It's all very surreal," the teenager told Reuters in an interview after returning a third-round 72 for a one-under-par aggregate of 215 at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Saturday.

"Eighteen months ago I was way over 200th in the world and just trying to make my way on the LPGA Tour.

"Now I've won twice, including a major championship, so it's all pretty amazing and I get to travel to places I would otherwise never have the opportunity to do," said world number two Henderson.

"I'm really blessed and really grateful and just trying to make the most of every moment."   Continued...

Jul 9, 2016; San Martin, CA, USA; Brooke Henderson tees off the tenth hole during the third round of the women's 2016 U.S. Open golf tournament at CordeValle Golf Club. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports