Canadian Henderson tames strong winds for fourth LPGA win

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

She entered the final round tied for second, one shot behind Lexi Thompson.

Henderson has a solid lead over South Korean Hur Mi-Jung (66), Spaniard Carlota Ciganda (64) and Lexi Thompson of the USA in the US$2 million (RM8.55 million) LPGA Tour event.

The fifth hole was played as a 111-yard par 3 instead of a par 5 because of the flooding from overnight rain.

Starting the day one shot off the lead, Henderson was steady all day on Sunday with three birdies and no bogies on her card. Thompson said that's a credit to the competition.

The South Korean-born Oh rolled in four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine en route to the best final-round score of the three in that group with a 64.

"I did that and I had an advantage over the rest of the field all four days".

Her only bogey was on the par-4 seventh.

There had also been concern about Henderson consolidating her team around her to just her sister and father, since she had stopped working with her previous co-coach, Tristan Mulhally, her instructor since playing for Golf Canada's national amateur team.

"I felt great from the start", the 19-year-old Henderson, already a triple victor on the LPGA circuit, told reporters. "Just a bad miss, stupid mistake".

Henderson, meanwhile, will look to win just her third major title after winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the Cambia Portland Classic previous year. "A lot of things I learned about this week and it is always fun to play solid and have a chance to get close to the lead and be on the leaderboard", she explained.

Henderson birdied Nos. 12 and 13 and closed with five pars.

"The last few weeks I struck my irons really, really well", Pace said.

Pace had two eagles and five birdies. "Obviously, all the par 3s, that helps. It's made me play better the last couple of years". It's really cool to be able to make those putts under pressure.

It was the second consecutive year that Thompson led or shared the lead after Saturday and dealt with a string of bogeys on Sunday to take her out of the picture.

Another stroke back were Daniella King (65), Carlota Ciganda (67) and Hyo Joo Kim (68). Lydia Ko, at No. 2 after an 85-week run at the top, was 6 under after a 71.

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