Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario is in contention at the 2018 Evian Masters in France, the fifth and final major on the women’s golf schedule for 2018. After the first day of competition, Henderson is at -4 in fourth place and only two strokes off the lead.
Henderson had five birdies and one bogey on her round one card. She birdied the fourth, 11th, 13th, 14th and 16th holes and bogeyed the eighth hole. What was most impressive about Henderson’s round was that she was able to birdie two par three holes (14th and 16th).
Carlotta Ciganda of Spain and Maria Torres of Puerto Rico are each at -6 after shooting rounds of 65 on Thursday. Torres made history this year by becoming the first female golfer from Puerto Rico to get a LPGA Tour card.
Austin Ernst of the United States is alone in third place at -5. Meanwhile, Nasa Hataoka of Japan and So-yeon Ryu of South Korea are tied with Henderson at -4. Ryu has won two majors in her career–the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2017 Ana Inspiration.
It should also be noted that there are 10 golfers at -3 and three shots off the lead. Among them are five major winners. They are 2018 British Women’s Open champion Georgia Hall of England, 2015 U.S. Women’s Open champion and 2016 Evian Masters champion In-gee Chun of South Korea, 2014 British Women’s Open champion Mo Martin of the United States, 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion Eun-hee Ji of South Korea, and seven-time major champion Inbee Park of South Korea. Others are Americans Ryann O’Toole and Ally McDonald, Katherine Kirk of Australia, Caroline Masson of Germany and Mi-Hyang Lee of South Korea.