Henderson reaches top 10 of women’s rankings

On the heels of being named CP’s top female athlete in 2015, 18-year old Brooke Henderson reflects back on a breakthrough season, and looks ahead to an even better 2016.

Chalk up another milestone for Canadian golf phenom Brooke Henderson: The 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., has reached the top 10 of the women’s world golf rankings for the first time.

While she didn’t play this past weekend, her streak of three straight top-10 finishes—including a second-place finish at the Coates Golf Championship in early February—was enough to move her up one spot and leapfrog Korean golfer So Yeon Ryu, the 2012 LPGA rookie of the year.

Last season featured a slew of other major achievements for Henderson, who won her first LPGA tournament—the Cambia Portland Classic in August—and become the first Canadian to finish atop the leaderboard of a Tour event since Lorie Kane in 2001. She was also named Canadian Press’s top female athlete of the year.

Henderson’s next tournament will be the LPGA Founders Cup, which starts Thursday in Phoenix, Ariz.