JOHNS CREEK, Georgia – Her sister missed Brooke Henderson very much. The player-caddy duo were forced to go their separate ways after Brittany Henderson’s visa expired on June 15.
The Meijer LPGA Classic was the first tournament missed by Brittany in five years. To put that in perspective, Brooke has played over a hundred tournaments since her sister started on the sack.
âI really miss her,â Henderson said Tuesday here at Atlanta Athletic Club. âWe are definitely a great team. With a bit of luck, [she comes back] earlier [rather] that later.
The right caddy is everything for a player. Inbee Park and her caddy Brad Beecher are an example of a special pair that has been doing well for almost 15 years. âEveryone knows we are definitely more than friends, more than a caddy and a playing relationship,â Park said a few years ago. âHe was always on my side, even sometimes when my parents and husband thought my decision was wrong. He’s always been on my side, totally, and he really trusts me, and I really trust him.
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Beecher was unable to caddy for Park at this year’s HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore due to COVID-19 restrictions. Her husband, Gi Hyeob Nam, replaced Beecher for the week and Park finished third overall. While Inbee’s loyal companion couldn’t be on the bag, his performance illustrates that playing alongside someone you feel comfortable with and trusting is a major part of good golf. .
Henderson certainly understands this. She found this perfect recipe a long time ago when her older sister Brittany started making caddies for her. They are business partners, best friends, mutual support systems – and, best of all, sisters.
âWe’ve been working together for five years, and she knows me so well, so things are very easy,â said Henderson.
Last week, friend and veteran caddy Everette Nini was on Henderson’s bag. She doesn’t blame her missed cut on her sister’s absence, but it was an adjustment to have a different caddy.
âEverett has been great,â said Henderson. “He did a great job. I didn’t play very well, but he was there for me and helped me a lot. Somewhere later when I have another caddy I just have to remember to talk. clearly and really explaining what I’m trying to do Normally Brit already knows what I’m thinking so that was probably the biggest challenge.
Fortunately, the wait is over, the visa issue is resolved, and Brittany Henderson will be in her sister’s bag this week at KMPG.
âI’m grateful to be back on the bag for my sister and excited to get back to work at the PGA Women’s KPMG Championship,â said Brittany.