The past year or so has been different for everybody due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brooke Henderson is no exception, but a change is as good as a rest as Henderson was home for the holidays.
“I went home to Canada right after CME (Group Tour Championship in December) finished , so I had a two-week quarantine, which was lonely, but then, once I was out, I was able to see my parents, which was really nice, and also my grandma,” she said.
“So nice to spend some time with them. Short time. I came back down here to Florida and started practicing getting ready for this event,” said Henderson, who is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
“It actually snowed quite a bit, which was really exciting. I got to go skating on an outdoor lake, so it was pretty fun. It took me back to when I was really young, spending Januarys in Canada,” she said.
With the rink behind her and golf courses in her immediate future, the 2020 season marks Henderson’s first on the LPGA Tour in which she didn’t win a tournament, but she only played 10 events due to the pandemic and still managed six top 10s, including a tie for fourth at last year’s Tournament of Champions.
She also had top 10s at two majors, including a tie for second at the ANA Inspiration and a sixth at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
“It iwas a really huge change for me, normally playing almost 30 events to only play 10, so I am really excited the way the schedule looks this year. It looks really healthy and hopefully, I’ll be able to compete in many more tournaments and hopefully, get back on to my winning streak,” said Henderson, a nine time winner on tour, the highest total ever by a Canadian.
“I’ve definitely sat down with my dad, who is also my coach, and looked through the schedule. It’s hard to say right now. You never really know what’s going to happen with COVID. God forbid it got worse or something,” she said.
“So, you kind of have to be a little bit prepared to maybe take some events off that you don’t want to. At the same time, right now, we have a game plan and I’m looking forward to playing this week and the two events back in Florida in about a month or so, and take it from there,” added Henderson.
While 2021 could possibly be different as well, one thing that hasn’t changed is her place among the elite players in women’s golf. She opens the season sixth in the world rankings.
“I’m really proud to be in the top 10 of the women’s world rankings,” said Henderson.
“It’s just hard, because a lot of people ask me about trying to become world No. 1. It’s not necessarily a huge goal of mine right now. Obviously, I would love to move up in the world rankings, but I’m just trying to take it tournament and small goals along the way and then, if I get the opportunity to compete for the No. 1 spot, I’ll definitely try my best,“ she said.
So, Henderson goes into what could be another uncertain year due to the pandemic, with the goal of her 10th career win or more along the way and proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.