Making a hole-in-one is a rare feat, no matter if you’re a high handicapper or one of the best players in the world. There are no rules on how one should celebrate the accomplishment, except for that whacky one that requires you, the maker of said ace, to buy the drinks for everyone. Seems fair!
Whether or not you go crazy, scream your head off, do a few laps around the tee box or act like you’ve been there before is entirely up to you. For Brooke Henderson, she has been there before, five times in her career in fact.
So when she made her sixth ace on Friday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, it was business as usual. A simple 9-iron at the 141-yard par-3 ninth that took one hop into the cup and yielded a “did I do that?” look and a few high fives from the 20-year-old rising Canadian star. Check out the video:
We say this in the most respectful way possible, but has anyone ever been less excited about a hole-in-one than Henderson was here? Brooke, it’s the British Open! Go wild! Do a backflip! Anything. To be fair, it’s possible that she may not have seen it, which could take some air out of the balloon. Or, this being her second ace in a Major (we’re not jealous), perhaps you just expect them to go in when you’re as good as Henderson. And she was all smiles afterwards, so maybe it’s just sinking in.
Meanwhile, Henderson currently sits five off the halfway lead held by Pornanong Phatlum. The Thai has opened with two bogey-free rounds of 67 to sit at 10-under par.
Australia’s Minjee Lee (65-70), English rookie Georgia Hall (67-68) and the JLPGA’s Mamiko Higa (66-69) sit one behind at nine-under par.
New Zealand Lydia Ko (68-71) is five shots back in a tie for eighth with Henderson.