June 26 2018

Brooke Henderson might have a good omen heading into this week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship near Chicago.

Henderson was part of the winning team for the second year in a row on Monday at the CVS Charity Classic in Rhode Island, an annual event hosted by former PGA Tour players Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon.

Henderson, along with Andrade and Keegan Bradley, defended their championship this week. Last year, the win for Henderson came 24 hours after she won her fifth LPGA tournament, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

Maybe the win this year can be a prelude to a second major win for Henderson.

The KPMG is the major in which Henderson has had the best results: she won in 2016 in a playoff over Lydia Ko and finished second last year to Danielle Kang when a putt that would have tied her for first came up a roll short on the 18th hole.

Henderson and sister/caddie Brittany have had their ups and downs and the timing seems right for things to turn their way.

Since winning the LOTTE Championship in April, Henderson's results have been a missed cut, T43, T23, 4th, WD (at the U.S. Open when her grandfather passed away), T28 and T44.

This feels like it could be a good week for the Hendersons.

FROM THE FRINGE: Tiger Woods will play this week in his Quicken Loans National tournament in Washington, D.C. after his disappointing result at the U.S. Open 10 days ago (triple bogey on the first hole and went on to miss the cut). If he is going to push his comeback along here, he has to get his tee game in a better place. He ranks 123rd on Tour in strokes gained off the tee (-.047) and is 184th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy (54.66 percent). The thing is, the rest of Woods' game has been solid. He's ninth in strokes gained overall and fourth in strokes gained approaching the green. I liked his answer at the U.S. Open when somebody asked him if he thought he could win another major: "Have you seen the way I've been swinging?" (He meant that in a positive way, BTW). After a good start his putter has cooled off and he's slipped to 89th in strokes gained putting. Whenever he tees it up, it's always interesting to see what is and isn't clicking for him. At some point he is going to put it together and win again. ... Ottawa's Grace St. Germain is part of Canada's team at the Ladies British Open Amateur which got underway Tuesday and concludes Saturday. She's joined by Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., Calgary's Jaclyn Lee and Naomi Ko of Victoria at the Hillside Golf Club in Southport. After two rounds of stroke play, the top 64 players advance to match play. You can follow the results here: ... Cedar Glen's Kurtis Barkley won the OVGA's City and District Class A Championship with rounds of 69 and 75 at the Rockland Golf Club and a 78 at Rideau View. He finished three shots ahead of James Parsons of Eagle Creek. Rideau View's Griffin Jones was another shot back in a tie for third with Pierre-Luc Caron of Kingsway Park. ... We haven't likely heard the last of Phil Mickelson hitting a moving ball on the 13th green at the U.S. Open. He ran (I use the term loosely) after it raced by the hole and swatted it back towards the cup. He tried to rationalize it after the round, but has been apologizing ever since. The latest was on the Golf Channel on Monday. "It took me a little while for my anger and frustration to subside enough to where I could see clearly I made not my best move. It wasn't my best moment so I apologize," Mickelson said. "I have a pretty thick skin and I'm aware I'll probably hear about this for some time. Fortunately I can take it. I hope at some point we'll all be able to laugh at it." You can watch the interview here, including whether he would do it again.

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