A. Jutanugarn, Henderson, Kerr grouped at Manulife


Ariya Jutanugarn is a featured attraction wherever she goes now, but she’s teaming with the top attraction at the Manulife LPGA Classic this week.

Jutanugarn and Canada’s Brooke Henderson are paired in the first two rounds of the event at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. That’s a little more than four hours from Henderson’s hometown of Smiths Falls. They will join Cristie Kerr in a threesome off Thursday at 12:59 p.m. ET.

Golf Channel is televising the first round from 3-6 p.m. ET

A strong contingent of Canadians came out to follow Henderson at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Calgary last week. Another huge turnout is expected this week.

“It's so exciting to be back here really close to home,” Henderson said Wednesday. “Even last week, in Calgary, the crowds were amazing, the best I've ever played in front of. The support after I finished my rounds, it was this huge, huge line of autographs and photos. I took the time to see everybody and it was really, really cool . . . I'm excited to be back in this area and back home in Canada.”

Jutanugarn is seeking her sixth LPGA title this year. Henderson won her first major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in June.

“I can’t wait to tee off tomorrow with Brooke Henderson,” Jutanugarn said. “I know we’re going to have fun.”

Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko is also in the field. She will also be in the Golf Channel telecast window Thursday, teeing off at 1:10 p.m. with Stacy Lewis and defending champion Suzann Pettersen.