Seventeen-year-old Henderson didn’t have much trouble with the course, either. She pulled off a couple of championship-level up-and-downs and hit a 204-yard seven-wood from an ugly lie to set up an eagle putt on the 475-yard 12th hole. The Canadian phenom is playing on the LPGA tour this year without any status (the tour denied her request last year to waive its 18-year-old minimum age rule for Q-school).
The players took advantage of the par fives and what some considered slightly slower-than-expected green speeds to go low on Thursday. A big question is how the PGA of America changes the course set-up as the tournament moves into the weekend. At the beginning, the rough was thick but not as deep as the course usually plays for members. With a little water and restricted mowing, the Saturday and Sunday rounds could be played on a much harder golf course.