With a final round of 4-under par 66 this past Sunday, Brooke Henderson managed to climb up the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard and finish in a tie for fifth place. She began the day in a tie for 18th but made a charge recording five birdies on the card and a single bogey.
Her performance at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa., earned her $141, 396 in prize money and a spot in next year’s U.S. Women’s Open to be hosted by CordeValle in San Jose, Calif. It also pushed her closer to the possibility of having full status on the LPGA Tour in 2016.
The Smiths Falls, Ont., product also recorded a T5 finish earlier this season at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a 10-under par score earning her $132,725.
These two T5 finishes in major championships have significantly contributed to the 17-year-olds 2015 LPGA earnings, currently sitting just below $459, 000.
This places her in a good position to earn status on the LPGA Tour next season. If Henderson’s earnings land within the equivalent of the top 40 on the LPGA money list, she will earn her 2016 tour card. In 2014, the 40th-place finisher on the LPGA Tour earned $447, 658. With her T5 finish this past weekend she has surpassed this number to date. Although this is a fluctuating number, Henderson appears to be right on track.
Brooke Henderson’s season continues today as she attempts to Monday qualify for the LPGA’s Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I. If she does not make it into the field, she will compete in the Symetra Tour’s Toyota Danielle Downey Classic in Rochester, N.Y.
Among the remaining tournaments on the LPGA calendar, Henderson has exemptions into both the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open where she will look to solidify her 2016 LPGA Tour card.