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Putter change sparks Henderson's KPMG start

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Brooke Henderson doesn’t like to change putters, but a switch this week helped her get off to Thursday’s fast start at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Henderson broke through to win the Cambia Portland Classic with a Ping Craz-E putter. She had the club in her bag for about 18 months before switching to a Ping Vault Oslo mallet putter this week and posting a 4-under-par 67 to take the first-round lead. The Vault series is a new line of putters Ping is debuting this week.

“It’s a big change for me,” Henderson said.

Henderson leads the LPGA in birdies made this season. She’s fourth in scoring average (69.98), 12th in driving distance (267.7 yards per drive), ninth in greens in regulation (73.94 percent) and 23rd in putts per greens in regulation.