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Canada’s Brooke Henderson opens new LPGA season tied for 6th at Tournament of Champions

Canadian Brooke Henderson began a new LPGA Tour season with a top-10 performance in the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Smiths Falls, Ont., native is part of a group of three golfers tied for sixth at 69.

At the lead is Gaby Lopez of Mexico, who started a new year and her seventh season with a simple, and potentially prophetic, Instagram post: “Surprise me, 2022,” she wrote.

Lopez jumped out to the lead Thursday in the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, piecing together what she considered a near-perfect opening round to the new season. She made six birdies in a 5-under 67 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.

Lopez led by one shot over a foursome of players at 68 that included three major champions: world No. 1 Nelly Korda, who won her first major last year in the KPMG Women’s PGA; Danielle Kang, the 2017 Women’s PGA champion; and U.S. Open champion Yuka Saso, who bogeyed her final hole.

Also at 68 was Ryann O’Toole, a 34-year-old American who won for the first time last summer.

Lopez is a two-time winner on the LPGA, her last being a triumph at the 2020 Tournament of Champions across town, when she outlasted Nasa Hataoka in a seven-hole playoff at Tranquilo Golf Club. This week features a limited field of 29 LPGA tournament winners from the last three campaigns competing next to 50 celebrities.

Looking back, Lopez said she enjoyed carrying the crown as “champion of champions.” Apparently, she enjoyed it enough to jump right back in the mix.

For Lopez, her solid play at Lake Nona was a continuation of a hot finish to 2021, when she recorded top-10 performances in three of her final four starts.

Lopez stated she enjoys competing in the pro-am format of this event, as she is able to switch off her brain from constantly thinking about golf. Starting on Lake Nona’s back nine, she enjoyed her walk alongside former NFL standout Marcus Allen and former MLB slugger Joe Carter, taking full advantage by asking them how they approached their respective sports from a mental standpoint.

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