If you’re not watching the women’s game, you’re missing out on the most fascinating golf in the industry. Today’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields in Illinois, just for instance, had it all going on, and the best part, watching on our television sets, was nobody among the contenders at the end came close to choking.
Danielle Kang, 24, three-putted No. 10, then made every putt she needed, including four straight birdies immediately after the 10th-hole bogey, a stud par save on 16, and a birdie on 18 to edge Brooke Henderson and make her first tournament title a major.
Henderson shot 66, her fourth round in the 60s in the tournament. She looks like a World No. 1 waiting to happen, and soon. She’s 19 years old.
Sunday, Henderson and Kang showed off powerful long games and fearless short games, and they seem like good humans, too.
Henderson won the Women’s PGA last year at Sahalee Country Club in suburban Seattle. The women’s game will be back in the Northwestern precincts of Grey Goatee Nation only once this year — at the Cambia Portland Classic Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Henderson is the two-time defending champion.
Speaking of Sahalee
We wrote this about Sahalee leading up to last year’s KPMG, the third professional major played at the tight, tough and spectacular Sammamish, Wash., course. This week (July 5-7), it plays host to one of the Northwest’s most prestigious amateur tournaments, the Sahalee Players Championship.
Tomorrow in this space: Veteran journalist Paul Ramsdell offers a preview of the 23rd Sahalee Players.