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Brooke Henderson the clubhouse leader at Amundi Evian Championship

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Brooke Henderson got what she had hoped for.

The Canadian jumped out to a hot start in the first round of the Amundi Evian Championship and held the early clubhouse lead after a 7-under 64.

Henderson, teeing it up for the first time since the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in mid-June, made six birdies and closed with an eagle on the par-5 9th.

“I just feel like it’s a really great feeling to start the major championship with a solid round,” Henderson told reporters. “I feel like I haven’t really done that this year, so feels good to get one here.”

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Henderson topped the early leaderboard by one stroke over Cheyenne Knight of the U.S., who carded a 65.

Henderson needed only 26 putts to get around the Evian Resort Golf Club Evian-les-Bains, France. She recently switched to a left-hand low style of putting and has become more comfortable with the switch.

“I just had a really great feeling to it. Just gave me a lot more confidence. I think that’s the main thing with putting, is just confidence and feeling good over the putts,” she said. “That was the main thing with left-hand low for me. I feel like had has fixed a few things, few flaws in my stroke that I had, which is good.”

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The Evian Championship is the fourth of five major championships on the LPGA Tour’s schedule. Henderson finished tied for 25th last year.

Her best result at the Evian Championship came in 2016 when she finished tied for ninth.

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Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

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