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U.S. Women’s Open Preview: Brooke Henderson Ready For The Challenge Of Pebble Beach

Brooke Henderson headlines the group of four Canadians in the field at the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach

It is the biggest week of the year in women’s golf. The historic Pebble Beach Golf Links is the site of the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open.

 

 

It is the first time the event will be held at Pebble Beach and the first time it has been held in California since 2016.

 

 

The field features four Canadian players, headlined by Brooke Henderson, who is looking for her first U.S. Women’s Open title. The other three players in the field are all amateurs.

 

 

Monet Chun, Celeste Dao and Lauren Kim qualified for the event and represent the next generation of Canadian golf stars.

 

 

Brooke Henderson
Last five starts: T15, T42, T30, T33, 17

As always, Brooke Henderson is one of the favourites heading into the week at Pebble Beach. The 25-year-old is a two-time major champion and has already recorded a win this season.

 

 

In her last start at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Henderson finished T15 and was one shot off the lead after the opening round.

Henderson can certainly contend at Pebble Beach, and her recent track record at the event suggests she will be in the mix on the weekend. Henderson has finished inside the top 20 at the U.S.

 

 

Women’s Open the past two years, posting a T7 finish in 2021 and a T15 finish in 2022. Overall, her major championship track record is impressive.

Henderson has not finished outside the top 25 at a major since the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open and has finished inside the top 10 five times during that stretch, including a win at last year’s Evian Championship.

 

 

The only issue for Henderson this year has been a lack of high finishes. Outside of her win at the opening event of the season, she has not finished inside the top 10 at any tournament. Her very recent form indicates she is playing solid golf, but there is a higher bar for the 11th-ranked player in the world.

 

 

Monet Chun (Amateur)

Monet Chun, 22, is Canada’s top-ranked women’s amateur and has put together an impressive resumé during her amateur career. In 2022, Chun went on a run for the ages, winning the Big Ten Individual title and leading her University of Michigan squad to its first conference championship.

 

 

She continued her run in the summer, winning the Canadian Amateur Women’s Championship and finishing runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. This year, Chun continued her success, making the cut at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, becoming the first Canadian to play the weekend at the event.

 

 

Chun has some experience playing in professional events. She teed it up at the 2022 CP Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt Club last year, failing to make the cut.

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native has played in several big events and seems to save her best golf for the game’s biggest stages. Seeing Chun make the cut at Pebble Beach this weekend wouldn’t be a shock.

 

 

Celeste Dao (Amateur)

This is the third time that Celeste Dao has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open. She previously played in the 2018 and 2019 events, failing to make the cut both times.

The 22-year-old from Notre-Dame-De-L’île-Perrot, Que., qualified for the 2023 event at the site at Duxbury Yacht Club. It is certainly impressive that Dao has made it through the qualifying stage of this event three times.

 

 

Before her collegiate career, Dao won the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. She has had solid results during her college career and finished T3 at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship in 2021.

Dao just completed her senior year at the University of Georgia. During her final collegiate season, Dao compiled a 75.86 stroke average, with her best result coming at the Lady Bulldog Individual Championship, where she finished runner-up.

 

 

Laura Kim (Amateur)

The youngest Canadian in the field, 18-year-old Lauren Kim is playing in her second straight U.S. Women’s Open. The Surrey, B.C., product teed it up at the event at Pine Needles last year and managed to earn a trip to the tournament once again at the Vancouver Golf Club qualifying tournament in May.

 

 

Kim was a Team Canada’s National Junior Team member in 2018 and 2019 and represented Canada at the World Junior Girls Championships both years. In 2022, Kim had a breakout season. She won three American Junior Golf Association events and finished third at the Canadian Women’s Amateur. She will be attending the University of Texas in the fall and is one of Canada’s most promising young players.

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