Due to serious illness, I’ve been away from this blog for quite some time, and I apologize for that. I just didn’t have the energy to keep it going. What brought me back, along with some improvement in my condition, is Brooke Henderson’s win at the Canadian Open today. This was golf at its best, and its toughest. And Brooke rose to the occasion. No Canadian has won this event, their National Open, since 1973, and, with a one shot lead going into the final 18, Brooke was on the minds of Canadians everywhere. She did not disappoint, shooting 65, and fending off every challenger with gutsy, aggressive play. In the third round she stalled some and I thought she’d be beaten. She also had had a pretty rough year with the deaths of both of her beloved grandfathers. He family is very close-knit.
I’ve been following Brooke right from the start and predicted, in this blog, that she’d be a standout. Indeed, at 20, she’s won a major and six other LPGA tournaments. With her older sister Heather on the bag, this team is all business. No fist pumps here. Just the kind of concentration and dedication and skill that defines this game. Taught by her father, she’s got a big, John Daly-esque swing that goes a mile. A former hockey goalie, she shows how golf is truly an athletic sport. Balance, poise, patience, persistence, courage, power, and finesse around the greens. She’s got the whole package.
Congratulations, Brooke. You made my day, and brought me back this blog. I am grateful, and happy to return to it.
And for those of you who somehow found me on the web, and perhaps read some past posts, thank you. I’m still struggling with my health, but intend to continue to add my two cents, from time to time, to this great game of golf.