NewsAlert: Canadian teen Brooke Henderson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2017

Henderson won twice past year, taking the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for her first major, and successfully defending her title in the Cambia Portland Classic.

Canadian star Brooke Henderson rolled in four straight birdies in the middle of her round en route to a 67 and a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Meijer Classic on Friday.

The 19-year-old Canadian prodigy, born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, has now won four times on the LPGA tour, including the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Henderson, who led after each of the first two rounds, fell out of first place after a second-round 67 but remained within striking distance of her first win of 2017. She had a chance to tie Henderson's score at 17-under but she had to drain her approach from the fairway on the 72nd hole, and it was not to be.

“It was tough out there, ” Wie said. There were a couple of long putts I made, unexpected putts actually.

Pace also has one career LPGA win, back in 2014, and she is closer to doubling her tally after changing equipment recently. "Today was bogey-free, so I love it".

The teen became the 15th different victor on the LPGA Tour in 2017 and the first from Canada. She went from a three-shot lead to one shot behind, and eventually lost to So Yeon Ryu in the playoff. "I haven't got the results that I've been really looking for".

Pace had two eagles and five birdies. Ko dropped to No. 2 in the world Monday after an 85-week run at the top.

This week Wie is driving better than 250 yards but struggling with accuracy - she's hitting less than 50% of the fairways, considerably less accurate than her season-long player stats. "I tried to dial it back and was able to make the last two".

Michelle Wie opened with a 68, and defending champion Sei Young Kim had a 70. Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn, coming off a playoff victory last week in Canada over Thompson and In Gee Chun, had a 69 to for 22nd at 9 under.

Grand Rapids (US), Jun 18 (PTI) Indian golfer Aditi Ashok stayed on course for her best finish of the season as she held on to the tied 18th position with a three-under 66 in the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic here.

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