HARRISON, N.Y. – Brooke Henderson is surrounded by a lot of star power on the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard going into Sunday’s final round.
The 17-year-old Canadian shot a 2-under-par 71 Saturday and sits six shots off the lead.
Henderson is tied for third with Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and two-time major champion Suzann Pettersen. She trails only Inbee Park, who is poised to return to Rolex world No. 1, and Sei Young Kim, who has won two LPGA titles this year.
“I think every LPGA Tour event that I've played this year, I've definitely learned something about myself and the game and the competition,” Henderson said. “It's been a lot of fun. I've been playing a pretty full schedule, even though I don't have status, which is amazing. I'm happy to be where I am.”
Henderson played Saturday alongside Park, who put on a show shooting 66.
Henderson tied for third at the Swinging Skirts Classic in April, missing out on a playoff by one shot. She’s held the lead after three rounds in LPGA events so far this year.
Even if she doesn’t win Sunday, a big payday will help in her quest to gain LPGA membership through top-40 money equivalency. If she finishes the year with winnings equal to or better than the player who finishes 40th on the money list, she will earn membership for 2016. Henderson has made $184,745 so far this season, which would rank 33rd on the LPGA money list if she were a member.
The Women’s PGA Championship purse is $3.5 million, the second largest purse on tour. Henderson needs to make the most of her chance as she may only be eligible for three more LPGA starts this year.