2-time Spirit Player Brooke Henderson, sat down with Larry Bohannan from The Desert Sun to talk about golf in the Olympics:
She’s Canadian and she’s an athlete, so naturally Brooke Henderson’s dreams for an Olympic appearance centered on hockey.
“As a little girl, I played hockey and I stopped when I was 14,” said Henderson, now the top Canadian golfer on the LPGA and ranked 11th in the world at just 18 years old. “It would have been extremely cool to play for Canada’s hockey team. It could have been a possibility. But I was a little better at golf.”
Henderson will definitely get her chance to play in the Olympics, but it will be in the Summer Games, not the Winter Games. Henderson is a lock to represent Canada this summer in Brazil when golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.
But with golf new to the Summer Games, and with the professional game so rooted in major championships, there has been a simmering debate among both men and women professionals. Where exactly do the Olympics rank compared to the major championship? Does a gold medal equate with a green jacket at the Masters or the bathrobe from the ANA Inspiration?
For Henderson, the answer is simple: Why not have both?
“I am so excited for the Olympics,” she said Wednesday at the ANA Inspiration media day at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. “It’s kind of a sixth major to me.”
Henderson will play in the ANA Inspiration for the first time as a professional later this month. She did play in the event in 2014 as an invited amateur and finished 26th.