The number-2 ranked female golfer in the world is from the Ottawa Valley.
Smiths Falls’ Brooke Henderson has climbed to number two overall on the Rolex Rankings after she won her first major Sunday afternoon, in heart-stopping style.
Trailing by three heading into the final nine holes, the 18-year-old sunk a 90-foot eagle putt from off the green, and added two birdies – including a clutch 30-footer – to finish the round tied with world number 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand.
In the playoff, Henderson hit her second shot to three feet, while Ko was left with a 25-foot putt. Ko missed, and Henderson sunk her putt to win the KPMG Women’s PGA title. Her final round of 65 was the low round of the week.
After she won, Henderson was choked up as she thanked her family and friends for their support, and her fans back in Smiths Falls and all of Canada.
Henderson earned more than $550,000 for her win, to jump to third on the Tour money list. She is only the third Canadian – male or female – to win a major golf championship.