Brooke Henderson has got some momentum heading into the U.S. Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston this week as she cranked out another top 10 on the LPGA Tour on the weekend.
She was in contention for her record-setting ninth win after a 64 on Saturday, which would have given her the most wins on the major tours by a Canadian. But her approaches weren't sharp and her putter lukewarm on Sunday for a 68, two behind winner Bronte Law.
It was her fourth runner-up finish on the LPGA Tour to go with her eight wins.
It was a pretty good comeback considering her second round started with a quadruple bogey 8.
The T2 was Henderson's sixth top-10 of the season, tieing her for the most on the LPGA Tour this season. Azahara Munoz, who was T6 at Pure Silk, Jin Young Ko and Nelly Korda also have six. The Leaders Top 10 competition is awarding a $100,000 bonus to the player with the most Top 10s this season (if there's a tie it goes to the player with the most wins).
Henderson withdrew after one round of 2018 U.S. Open at the Shoal Creek Club in Birmingham, Alabama, to return home following the death of her grandfather, Bob Moir.
Her record at the U.S. Open:
2018 - WD
2016 - 64
2015 - T5
2014 - T10
2013 - T59
Henderson has some familiarity with C.C. of Charleston. She played in the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur at Charleston as a 15-year-old. "Brooke Mackenzie Henderson" had rounds of 71-70 to tie for fifth in medal play. She lost in the first round of match play, 4 and 3 to Kacie Komoto of Hawaii.
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Five Canadians cashed cheques on the PGA Tour at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial with Mackenzie Hughes leading the way with a T8, his second top 10 of the season. That moved him inside the top 100 on the FedEx Cup standings at 97th.
Hughes ranks 182nd in driving accuracy on Tour (55.83%) and it's interesting that his left and right rough tendency are almost identical: 16.15% and 16.70%, respectively, so it's not like he's got one miss.
He ranks 176th in total driving (he's averaging 295.5 yards off the tee, ranked 86th) and probably because of the driving, he is 175th in greens in regulation (63.11%).
He had a better week with the driver last week (57th in total driving) and it showed in his results. He also had one of his best putting weeks of the season (no surprise there, right?). He was .809 in strokes gained on the greens, his best performance since his first start of the season (.816).
Mike Weir, meanwhile, finished T58, the third time he has made the cut on Tour since 2014. He is playing the Web.com Tour this season on the exemption which allows players 48 or 49 to play a season to get ready for the Champions Tour.
Weir is 49 and playing some of his best golf in a few years. He qualified for the U.S. Open, coming up at Pebble Beach next month, a week ago. It will be his first U.S. Open since 2013.
Interesting to note Weir, never the biggest hitter, saw his driving distance improve each round: 268.8, 278.9, 283.4 and 295.2. His longest drives by round were 289, 299, 310 and 307 (winner Kevin Na checked in at 314, 307, 323 and 320).
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Speaking of Na, he has become one of the more colourful guys on Tour. He walks putts in like a boss:
He won over more fans when he gave the restored 1973 Dodge Challenger he got for winning on Sunday to his caddy, Kenny Harms. "We're like brothers and I'm more than happy to give it to him," Na said.
Then there was this: