HARRISON, N.Y. – Brooke Henderson logged her second top-10 finish in a major championship Sunday.
With a tie for fifth at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the 17-year-old Canadian also moved closer to winning LPGA membership for next year. She tied for 10th at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
Henderson closed Sunday at Westchester Country Club with a 2-under-par 71, leaving her tied with one of her childhood idols, Morgan Pressel, at 10-under 282. Henderson earned $132,725. That’s important because she’s playing the tour as a non-member and trying to earn membership. She can do so by winning or through top-40 equivalent earnings.
With Sunday’s finish, Henderson has now earned $317,470 in seven LPGA starts this year. If she were a tour member, she would rank 21st on the LPGA money winnings list. If she finishes the year with winnings equal to or better than the player who finishes 40th on the money list, she will earn membership for 2016. A year ago, Hee Young Park finished 40th on the money list with $447,658 in earnings.
Henderson played this week on a sponsor exemption. She is scheduled to play the U.S. Women’s Open next month based on her tie for 10th at Pinehurst last year. She also hopes she will get a special invitation to play the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August. She is limited to six sponsor exemptions this year and has just one left, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August. She isn’t guaranteed any other starts but could try to Monday qualify for more.
Henderson, who turns 18 on Sept. 10, played on Saturday with Inbee Park and on Sunday with Suzann Pettersen.
“I think every time playing on the LPGA Tour, especially when I'm close to the top, I think I learn a lot about my tendencies and where I can improve to get a little bit better score the next time,” Henderson said. “I've learned a lot the last couple weeks, because I've been playing pretty well. I don't think I have a lot of starts left this year on the tour, but I think if I can take advantage of those, hopefully I'll be full-time out here next year.”