Henderson making 31st LPGA start of year

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NAPLES, Fla. – Brooke Henderson is golf’s iron woman.

Henderson will be making her 31st start of the LPGA season this week, which is more starts than any other player on tour this year. That doesn’t count her Olympic start in Rio de Janeiro. The only LPGA events she missed were the Toto Japan Classic and the Honda Thailand.

“I'm young,” Henderson said. “I saw it kind of as a challenge.”

Henderson, 19, won twice this year, her first major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and the Cambia Portland Classic, where she defended her title. Those victories were among her 15 top-10 finishes this season.

When asked if she gets tired playing so much, Henderson says she would be home playing anyway.

“I think it being my first year, it was really important for me to go to most of the events and experience what the golf courses were like, the atmosphere,” Henderson said. “Maybe in years to come, I can pick and choose a little bit more, where I play well, or where the fans are a little bit better or something like that. 

“But I had a lot of fun. I got to see and travel the world and around the United States and Canada. I gained so many new relationships with fans and different sponsors, different communities, which also is very important.”