SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Canada's Brooke Henderson made an early hole-in-one and birdied her final two holes to take the early lead Thursday in the Women's PGA Championship, the second of the LPGA Tour's five major championships.
The 18-year-old Canadian, ranked fourth in the world, had a 4-under 67 on a cool day at Sahalee Country Club. Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., aced the par-3 13th hole — her fourth hole of the day — to win a car. She closed with a short birdie putt on the par-3 ninth to take a two-shot lead.
Christina Kim and I.K. Kim followed at 69, with the afternoon wave still on the course.
Three-time defending champion Inbee Park was in the featured group in the afternoon. The 27-year-old Park will become eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame at the completion of the round, making her the youngest player in tour history to reach the eligibility threshold and the first since Se Ri Pak in 2007.