Canadian teen Brooke Henderson granted LPGA Tour card

 Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson was granted an LPGA Tour card on Tuesday following her stunning record victory in the Portland Classic.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 19, 2015, 09:06 AM IST
Canadian teen Brooke Henderson granted LPGA Tour card

Los Angeles: Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson was granted an LPGA Tour card on Tuesday following her stunning record victory in the Portland Classic.

The 17-year-old became only the third player in history to win an LPGA title before their 18th birthday on Sunday with a remarkable eight-stroke win in Portland.

LGPA commissioner Michael Whan said accepting Henderson`s petition for LPGA Tour membership was a formality following the teenager`s triumph.

"After reviewing Brooke Henderson`s petition, I have granted her LPGA Tour membership beginning immediately," Whan said.

"Brooke truly earned her card, and we are looking forward to Brooke joining our Tour and our family. She is a special player and a wonderful person."

Henderson, who won in Portland after going through qualifying, will now play this week`s Canadian Pacific Women`s Open as a full-fledged member of the LPGA Tour. 

"I am so grateful for the opportunity to join the Tour as a member and play alongside so many of my role models," Henderson said in a statement.

"Realizing this dream here at the Canadian Pacific Women`s Open in my native Canada is even more amazing and I am so proud to be an ambassador for golf in this amazing country."