Two weeks ago at the Amundi Evian Championship, Brooke Henderson won her second major championship and first in six years. Shortly after, she withdrew from the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open in order to rest.
She used the unscheduled off-week to practice at Carnoustie, the venue of the AIG Women’s British Open the previous year, and tour a few Scottish castles.
For the first time ever, the British Open will be played at renowned Muirfield this year. Since 1892, Muirfield has played host to 16 men’s British Opens. The club only recently extended an invitation to its first female members in 275 years, just three years ago. The winner of this year’s Open will join a group of 16 players who have triumphed at Muirfield, including Phil Mickelson, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Gary Player, and Nick Faldo.
The most successful golfer in Canadian history, Henderson played nine holes at Muirfield on Sunday evening and 18 on Monday. She stated it might be her favorite links course so far.
Henderson stated, “I really adore the way it feels and seems. “I mentioned a few of the amazing water vistas, which is pretty nice. Actually, there are a lot of different openings where you can see it, which is very cool.
Henderson isn’t as high on the list of favorites as one might imagine given her lack of top-10 finishes at the British despite her recent victory. She will rely significantly on her older sister Brittany, who is more analytical in nature, to guide her as she negotiates a course that was initially created by Old Tom Morris.
Henderson admitted, “I’m really just a feel player, so I want to see the golf course and kind of feel my way around. That’s how I think we work well together as a team. The two approaches worked well together in a way.