Brooke M. Henderson of Canada hits her tee shot on the on the eighth hole during the final round of the Cambia Portland Classic golf tournament in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Steve Dykes
August 18, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Two days after Canadian teen Brooke Henderson won on the LPGA Tour, she won the right to be a member.

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said Tuesday he has granted membership immediately to the 17-year-old Henderson. She won the Cambia Portland Classic on Sunday for her first LPGA victory.

The LPGA Tour has a minimum age requirement of 18. Whan denied Henderson's request for a waiver last year. He had only granted two exceptions to the rule - Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson, mainly because both had already won.

Whan described Henderson as a special player who earned her card.

Henderson is playing the Canadian Women's Open this week. Any money she earns the rest of the season will be considered official. This also will be considered her rookie year.

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