Brooke Henderson produced a final round 66 to finish 13th at the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship. It marked the conclusion of a remarkable year for the 18-year-old which saw her pick up her first tour victory and finish with over $100,000 in official tour earnings in just four events since earning tour status. Overall, Henderson earned more than $761,000, cashing in on 13 of 14 tournaments in which she played this season. Aside from the win in Portland, the Team Canada Young Pro Squad member and 18th ranked female player in the world also posted three additional Top-10 results: a pair of fifth place finishes at the U.S. Women’s Open and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, plus a third place result at the Swinging Skirts event.
Alena Sharp, the number two ranked female in Canada, finished in a tie for 46th at the final LPGA Tour stop of the year. Despite the result, the Hamilton, Ont., golfer picked up two spots in the world rankings and concluded one of her best seasons on Tour since turning pro.
David Hearn, Canada’s top-ranked professional golfer, picked up one spot in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for ninth at the RSM Challenge. The Brantford, Ont., golfer, who was tied for second after the opening round of the final PGA Tour event before the winter break, picked up 3.63 world ranking points for his efforts. That’s his best points paying finish of the new season and the best since a third place result at the RBC Canadian Open earlier this year. It’s also his third points paying finish in his last four tournaments, a good sign as he heads into the Christmas break.
Nick Taylor and Brad Fritsch also picked up one spot each in the world rankings.
Eric Banks continued his successful swing through South America, picking up six spots in the world rankings after advancing all the way to the quarter-finals of the Argentine Amateur Championship. A week after finishing runner-up in stroke play at the Tailhade Cup en route to helping Canada secure the team title, Banks entered the match-play portion of the tournament as the No. 5 seed after finishing in a tie for second in stroke-play. He easily won his opening match, 6 & 5, then went on to win 4 & 3 in his next match to move onto the quarter-finals where he fell 2-down to Italy’s Luca Cianchetti.
Tony Gil, the other half of Canada’s winning duo at the Tailhade Cup, finished in a tie for 24th in stroke-play before falling in his opening match against Eduardo Carrete Serratos of Mexico in 20 holes.
There was very little movement in the amateur women’s Top-10 while Selena Costabile gained 71 spots in the world rankings to move up to No. 13 in the Canadian rankings.
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