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Brooke Henderson talks about Nelly’s dominance and Lexi’s retirement

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There are no defenses in golf, but the goal of every player in the field at this week’s US Women’s Open should be to try to stop Nelly Korda.

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The world number 1 has won six of her past seven tournaments, including the first major of the season. Canada’s Brooke Henderson is a field player at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania who has the firepower to take on Korda.

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“I feel like I’ve been really close all year,” Henderson said. “She just found a way to make it happen, which is really impressive. I think I was there personally. I have been moving in the right direction for a while now, which is very exciting for me.”

Henderson said she has been around long enough to see several top players achieve incredible feats during her career.

“At certain points in their careers, certain players really take off and go on the run,” Henderson said. ‘As if Lydia had been on a big flight for a long time. Jin Young won big a few years ago. So there are different points in a career where players are on the run and there’s a lot of talk about it. There is a lot of attention and they do a lot of good for the game.”

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Henderson is ranked 11th in the world heading into the second major of the season and has finished third three times in ten starts this year.

“I think every week I just try to do my best and try to make little improvements for myself,” she said. “If I can be close to the top of the leaderboard this weekend, I will be very excited about that.”

One difference for Henderson is that this will be the first U.S. Women’s Open where she can see it and not have to ask her caddy and sister Brittany where her ball ended up. The 26-year-old started playing with glasses last August.

“I’ve always had problems with my eyesight. “I’ve never really been able to see the ball land or certain things since the beginning of my career, but I was a feeling player, so I really leaned into that feeling,” she said. “Then I just asked my sister: is that on the green, or is that in the platform, or where is that? So I was really dependent on her for a while. Then I decided I wanted to be able to see where the ball was going.

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Henderson said the goggles have helped her on the greens with her short game, which has never been her biggest strength.

With 29-year-old Lexi Thompson announcing plans to retire at the end of the year, the Canadian was asked how long she can see herself playing, and if she can see herself playing until she’s 40.

“Forty seems like a long way away,” she said, laughing through the assembled media. “Yes, that seems too far. I feel like you never know for sure. I’m just grateful to have the opportunity here to play against the best in the world.

“It’s been a while. This is my 12th US Women’s Open, so it’s pretty cool. I’m just trying to enjoy every opportunity I get, and we’ll see how far the game takes me.”

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