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Henderson wants to keep climbing with perks of card

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Brooke Henderson is returning to where last year’s dreamy odyssey began at this week’s Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

Henderson earned her LPGA membership the hard way as a 17-year-old last season, using sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifying in pursuit of a tour card she ultimately claimed winning the Cambia Portland Classic. She made her first start as a pro in an LPGA event after Monday qualifying for last year’s Pure Silk Bahamas Classic, tying for 33rd. Now she’s eager to see how she does planning a year without all the uncertainty she faced in last year’s schedule.

“It’s been nice being able to book hotels months in advance instead of the day before I’m going somewhere,” Henderson told GolfChannel.com. “Knowing I’m in this week’s event in the Bahamas and next week’s Coates Golf Championship, it’s a confidence booster. I’ve worked hard and done a lot of preparation to get this year started and to perform well.”

Henderson, the former No. 1 amateur from Canada who turned 18 last September, was No. 219 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings teeing it up in the Bahamas last year. She’s No. 18 this week with an eye on continuing to climb.

“Every week, I’m going to have that in the back of my mind, to make that climb to the top,” Henderson said.

Henderson will tee it up with Stacy Lewis and Morgan Pressel in the first two rounds in the Bahamas.