Henderson ready for Open despite car accident scare

By Randall MellJuly 8, 2015, 6:14 pm

LANCASTER, Pa. – Brooke Henderson got a scare last week when the car she was driving was broadsided the day before she was scheduled to play a Symetra Tour event in Michigan.

Henderson was treated in a hospital for bruises to her left leg and spent three days in bed recuperating, forcing her to withdraw before the Tullymore Classic.

That’s not stopping the 17-year-old Canadian phenom from trying to win the U.S. Women’s Open this week. She told GolfChannel.com before heading out for a practice round Wednesday at Lancaster Country Club that she’s ready to play.

“I’m feeling really good,” Henderson said. “It was an interesting night, and I’m grateful to be here. It could have been much worse.”

Henderson was bruised on her left side, where the truck struck the Honda she was driving. The Ottawa Citizen reported the car was “T-boned.” Henderson said she was on her way to do some laundry in her sister’s car. The newspaper reported the car was totaled.

Though Henderson only hit some range balls on Monday and played just nine warm-up holes on Tuesday, she looked good hitting balls on the range Wednesday before heading out for the practice round with her sister, Brittany, caddying for her.

“The golf course is beautiful,” Henderson said of Lancaster Country Club. “It’s going to be tough, a great test and a great challenge for everybody. You have to be smart here.”

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Henderson tied for 10th at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst last year, which qualified her for a return to the championship this year. She’s coming off a tie for fifth at the KPMG Women’s PGA in her last LPGA start. She’s trying to earn LPGA membership this year playing tour events on sponsor exemptions, special invitations and via Monday qualifiers. In eight LPGA starts this season, she has earned $317,470. That would rank her 22nd on the LPGA money list if she were a tour member. That’s relevant because if she finishes this season with earnings that are equal to or better than the player who finishes 40th on the final money list, she will earn LPGA membership for 2016. As of now, Henderson is only assured two more LPGA starts this year, the Ricoh Women’s British Open in three weeks and the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in five weeks.

Henderson can also earn LPGA membership by winning this week, provided she were to get a waiver of the LPGA rule requiring members to be 18. Henderson turns 18 on Sept. 10.

“I’m very confident,” Henderson said of the state of her game. “I’ve had some good finishes this year, and I feel like my game is right there.”

Henderson earned Symetra Tour status three weeks ago by winning the Four Winds Invitational. She can also earn a promotion to the LPGA if she wins two more Symetra Tour events or finishes among the top 10 on that tour’s final money list.

“This is an important week,” Henderson said. “I’m trying to take advantage of all my opportunities.”

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”