Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Canada's Brooke Henderson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

Canada's Brooke Henderson wins Meijer LPGA Classic

Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson plundered an eight-under-par 63 for a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson and five others after the first round at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday.

Brooke Henderson hits her tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round on Friday.

Two more bogeys and one birdie followed on the back nine to keep her just out of reach of victor Brooke Henderson at 17-under.

Henderson, whose first victory came in 2015 at the Cambia Portland Classic as a non-LPGA member, closed with a 66 in the final round for a 72-hole total of 17-under 263 on the Blythefield Country Club course.

Starting the day one shot off the lead, Henderson was steady all day on Sunday with three birdies and no bogies on her card. Clearly, it's working, as she's playing steadier than anyone else on the LPGA Tour.

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She delivered an eagle and six birdies, in a performance that comes on the back of a tie for 11th in her last outing at the Manulife LPGA Classic.

The teen became the 15th different victor on the LPGA Tour in 2017 and the first from Canada. I was never really in trouble except on 10, I missed the drive left, but that was really the only thing. "It's been a packed leaderboard since the very first shot on the first hole".

"There's like a million names within the top 10, so hopefully I can just get out front early and just keep it there".

"It was just swirling so it was tough to really concentrate on the shot that you wanted to hit and commit to it", Thompson said. She also lost the ANA Inspiration in a playoff to Ryu. The 19-year-old Canadian had seven birdieis, including four in a row, and three bogeys to reach 12-under 130 and break the 36-hole record.

Su Oh (64), Madelene Sagstrom (65) and Moriya Jutanugarn (66) tied for fourth at 14 under. "On a day like today when you don't know if you're going to have further rain delays or how the course is playing, I think it was really important to hit the fairways and I think that I was doing pretty well out there", said Ko.

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