Friday, 19 October, 2018

LPGA Lotte Championship: Brooke Henderson wins to claim sixth tour victory

Michelle Wie is in the field for the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship 2018 this week Michelle Wie is in the field for the LPGA Tour's Lotte Championship 2018 this week
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 16:44

In this photo from the LPGA's Twitter account, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls is all smiles after winning the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

Her second-round three-over-par 75 followed her opening 70 to leave her one over and in a share of 32 place. She said afterwards she drew inspiration from recent ANA Inspiration champion Pernilla Lindberg, especially after the shaky conclusion to her third round where she made a double-bogey and a bogey coming home. Sixteen people died when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a junior team in the Saskatchewan league, crashed last week when a tractor trailer collided with it. Henderson played her rounds with green and yellow ribbon in her hair, the teams colors.

Spain's Azahara Munoz had a 67, the low round of the day, to finish second while top-ranked Shanshan Feng (71), third-ranked Inbee Park (72) and sixth-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (69) tied for third at seven under. "I know it kind of affected my whole country". Starting the day with just a one-shot lead after struggling down the stretch Friday, Henderson pushed her advantage to three strokes at the turn thanks to two circles on her card. "Now that I'm living on the mainland and come back, I get a little surprised by it". For all the survivors that are still fighting through it and all the ones that have passed away, I want to show them that we're here for them and we're supporting them.

Henderson made four birdies on her first six holes and needed just 24 putts on Thursday.

"I hit it great this week, even with all the wind and everything", Henderson, 20, told Golf Channel. Lindy Duncan also was 6 under after a 68.

Defending champ Cristie Kerr (2 over) wound up at 4 over, leaving her tied for 44th.

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