Brooke Henderson, new queen in Evian

July 24, 2022 | R. Forgues


The Amundi Evian Championship congratulates Brooke M. Henderson, the winner of the 2022 event, the second Major of her career, six years after her victory at the LPGA Championship 2016. At -17 overall, she beat the American world number 283 Sophia Schubert by one stroke.

A few deep breaths starting off at the first hole, a line down the middle of the fairway to begin her final round and the leader Brooke M. Henderson (CAN) commenced her last 18 holes of the week, her ambition to raise the trophy at the end. The young 24-year-old Canadian took time to get into her stride, needing 3 putts on hole 1 which saw her immediately lose her two-stroke lead over her direct opponent and co-competitor of the day, So-Yeon Ryu (KOR). However, the winner of the last ShopRite LPGA Classic did not seem to be affected and continued to fight body and soul to get to the end of the tournament, always with an incredibly more serene attitude to which she alone knows the secret.

She regularly lost her position at the head of the tournament and conceded her first place to players like Nelly Korda (USA), Sei-Young Kim (KOR) and Sophia Schubert (USA). A situation that put her older sister and caddie Brittany under a lot of stress; she was visibly very nervous throughout the day. The Henderson duo were almost beaten by the main competitors of the former world number 1 amateur. There were six leaders when Brooke prepared to tee off from hole 12. A great birdie on 14 followed by another at 15 resulted in putting the player from Smiths Falls (Ontario) on the right track, she who had struggled on the greens this Sunday alternating putts that were too short or too jerky. Finally, the player now with twelve professional victories did not falter on the most important putt of the week, and made a final birdie on the 18th to win the second Major of her career, six years after her victory at the LPGA Championship 2016.

However, it can’t be said that those in her wake made it easy for her, beginning with Sophia Schubert (USA). The player ranked 283rd in the world set off just before the new titleholder alongside Carlota Ciganda (ESP) and made life difficult for the Canadian. Dominating on the greens, and amazingly calm despite the situation, the winner of the 2017 US Women’s Amateur produced a dazzling display of golf in the Evian sunshine. By holing important putts on 12 and the 15, she took the reins of the tournament and was allowed to dream of victory. She held onto the dream right up until the end, up until the final putt on 18 that just missed the hole and failed to their feet the vast crowd of spectators who had come to watch the final sprint. She watched on helplessly from the recording hut until Brooke M. Henderson made her final birdie. But she didn't lose the big smile she's had all week. After never before making it into the Top 50 at a Grand Slam event, her 2nd place finish in a major is obviously a fantastic performance by the 26-year-old American. We hope to see her very soon back at the top of the LPGA Tour leaderboards, and look forward to welcoming her back next year for the 2023 The Amundi Evian Championship.

Snippets of news

- So-Yeon Ryu (KOR) was unable to seize the opportunity she created to win a third major. The experienced 32-year-old South Korean, who set off in the final group with Brooke M. Henderson, struggled with her putting this Sunday, and finishes her week in 8th place.

- (Almost) all the favorites performed as they finish in the top spots on the leaderboard; Lydia Ko (NZL) and Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR) finish 3rd, Jin-Young Ko (KOR) and Nelly Korda (USA) 8th.

- The world number 2 and defending champion Minjee Lee (AUS) finishes her week in 43rd place after a final round of 69 (-2). She had a mix of the good and not so good with many birdies but also some bad starts this weekend, with a triple bogey on 1 yesterday followed by a double bogey on the same hole today.

- A difficult Sunday for the “French Touch” in front of their home crowd. While Agathe Laisné carded her best round of the week this morning with a fine 69 (-2), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard and Perrine Delacour both finished their week with a painful 79 (+8).

- Rachel Heck (USA) completed her final round with a score of 76 (+5) which nevertheless makes her the best amateur of the week with an aggregate score of +1 (70-71-68-76), one shot ahead of her compatriots Rose Zhang (USA) and Anna Davis (USA).