Ping extends Henderson's contract


Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson has extended her agreement to play Ping equipment, Ping chairman and CEO John A. Solheim announced. Henderson, who recently turned 18, first signed with Ping in January.

Henderson was granted a waiver of the LPGA's 18-year-old age minimum for membership in August after she became, at 17, the third-youngest player ever to win an LPGA event. She ran away with the Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots, setting a tournament scoring record at 21 under par. Two days later she was granted her LPGA card for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016. This season she also posted T-5 finishes at the U.S. Women’s Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Henderson has been a budding star since 2012 when, at age 14, she became the youngest person ever to win a professional tour event when she won on the Canadian Women’s Tour.

Henderson, a native of Smiths Falls, Ontario (population 9,000), said she considers Ping an important part of her support team, at the heart of which are her parents and older sister, Brittany (also a Ping pro). "Having played Ping clubs for years, I'm really comfortable with the equipment, the people and level of fitting expertise they provide me," she said.

Henderson plays a Ping G30 driver, fairway wood and hybrid, and Glide wedges. As part of her multiyear agreement, she will display Ping logos on her hat, carry a Ping staff bag and play 14 Ping clubs. Financial terms and the length of the agreement were not disclosed.