Sports Brooke Henderson wins Lotte Championship for 6th LPGA Tour win

15:10  15 april  2018
15:10  15 april  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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Brooke Henderson , of Canada, holds the trophy after winning the LPGA Lotte Championship golf tournament Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Kapolei, Hawaii. She wasn’t about to let it happen Saturday at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, where she won by four shots.

In all the euphoria of her sixth win on the LPGA Tour , Brooke Henderson never forgot about the recent tragedy that rocked her native Canada. After sinking her final putt for par on the 18th green of Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii, to win the Lotte Championship , Henderson dedicated the

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii — For the final two days of the Lotte Championship, it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson.

She wasn’t about to let it happen Saturday at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, where she won by four shots. The Smiths Falls, Ont., native was too talented, and she had some very important people to play for, dedicating her victory to the people involved in the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan.

"It’s extremely sad, a terrible tragedy what happened up there," Henderson said. "I know it kind of affected my whole country. Everybody really took it kind of personally.

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Brooke Henderson breezes to four-stroke win at Lotte Championship . Henderson , who won 't turn 21 until September, won her sixth LPGA Tour title, leaving her just two short of Sandra Post for most wins by a Canadian player.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (born 10 September 1997) is a Canadian professional golfer on the LPGA Tour . Henderson was named the Canadian Press female athlete of the year for 2015 and 2017.

"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. They’re always going to be in our thoughts and prayers."

Canadian golfers and their caddies were wearing green and gold ribbons at the tournament this week to honour the victims of the April 6 crash. Twenty-nine people were on the team bus when it collided with a semi-truck en route to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask. Sixteen of them have died and 13 were injured.

Hamilton’s Alena Sharp, who finished in a tie for 44th place at 4 over, had posted a picture on Twitter of one of the ribbons pinned to the side of her hat on Tuesday.

Henderson, who won’t be 21 until September, won her sixth LPGA Tour title, leaving her just two short of Sandra Post for most wins by a Canadian player.

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  Canada's Brooke Henderson leads after 2 rounds at Lotte Championship Brooke Henderson remained bogey-free to take the Lotte Championship lead halfway through the second round Thursday. Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a 6-under 66 in 15 mph morning wind at Ko Olina Golf Club to get to 10 under. Ranked 14th in the world, the 20-year-old Canadian won twice last year and has five career LPGA Tour victories. Mo Martin, the 2014 Women's British Open champion, was two back after a 67. Pernilla Lindberg and Inbee Park were back together again on the leaderboard at 6 under, two weeks after Lindberg beat Park on the eighth extra hole in the major ANA Inspiration.

Brooke Henderson takes Lotte Championship lead. Brooke Henderson watches her tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club,Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Canada's Brooke Henderson cruises to Lotte Championship victory. Canadian Brooke Henderson pulled away Saturday at gusty Ko Olina Golf Club to win the Lotte Championship for her sixth LPGA Tour victory.

She collected $300,000, giving her nearly $500,000 this year and $4 million in her three-year career. Her final-round 3-under 69 left her at 12 under, four ahead of Azahara Munoz, whose 67 was the low round on a very difficult scoring day.

It was Munoz’s best finish in more than four years. Henderson and sixth-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were the only other golfers to break 70 on a day that featured rain squalls and winds gusting to 30 mph.

"Crazy windy again" said Henderson, who was third in greens in regulation (52 of 72) and sixth in driving distance (288.8) for the week. "Just being able to adjust to it, kind of stay poised in it. Things aren’t going to always go perfectly, but I felt like my ball striking was probably the best it’s ever been."

Jutanugarn tied for third, five back, with top-ranked Shanshan Feng (71) and third-ranked Inbee Park (72), who bogeyed the last two holes.

Henderson came into the week ranked 14th and in a comfort zone. She has never finished worse than 11th at Ko Olina.

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  Canada's Brooke Henderson holds onto 1-shot lead at Lotte Championship Brooke Henderson settled for a one-stroke lead after late struggles on the greens Friday in the Lotte Championship . Five strokes ahead early on the back nine, Henderson four-putted the par-3 16th for a double bogey and bogeyed the par-4 18th. She finished with a 1-over 73 to drop to nine under with a round left. Seeking her sixth LPGA Tour victory, the 20-year-old Canadian opened with bogey-free rounds of 68 and 66 at Ko Olina. Mo Martin was second after a 72. The 2014 Women's British Open champ countered two bogeys with an eagle on the par-5 13th.

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — For the final two days of the Lotte Championship , it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson . She wasn't about to let it happen Saturday at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, where she won by four shots.

Brooke Henderson pulled away Saturday at gusty Ko Olina Golf Club to win the Lotte Championship for her sixth LPGA Tour victory. The 20-year-old Canadian closed with a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory.

At the halfway point, she was 10 under, bogey-free and two shots ahead. That stretched to five at the turn Friday, before putting problems brought the field back into it.

Henderson led by just one heading into the final day. She played the first 11 holes Saturday in 2 under to carve out a three-shot advantage, then faltered again. Her only bogey came on the 12th and she missed a short birdie putt at the next hole.

This time she recovered quickly, hitting driver-driver within 20 yards of the 14th green, then sinking a short birdie putt. She drained a 10-footer for another birdie one the 16th, where she four-putted Friday.

"Mentally I was in a great spot this week," Henderson said. "I missed a couple putts, which you could argue that mentally I wasn’t there because of a couple mishits, but I think to recover from that and kind of put it in the past and then go out and make some more birdies. And, being the leader since early Thursday, that does add a little of pressure."

Munoz and Jutanugarn put together the only serious charges of the final round. Both came up a few holes short.

Munoz, who has struggled with illness injury the past few years, climbed 13 places the final day. She was two shots back after her fifth birdie of the day, at the 14th, but parred in.

Jutanugarn, from Thailand, secured her fifth Top 10 this year but couldn’t get the eighth victory of her career. At the turn, the 2016 Player of the Year was 3 under and three back. She parred her final 11 holes.

Hawaii’s Michelle Wie tied for 11th after shooting 71.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., tied for 50th at 5 over.

Brooke Henderson on pace to become most decorated Canadian pro golfer .
Brooke Henderson is just three wins away from becoming the most decorated Canadian professional golfer of all time — and she’s only 20 years old. After her sixth career LPGA Tour victory Sunday at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, the native of Smiths Falls, Ont., is on track to eclipse the Canadian-high mark of eight wins, held jointly by Sandra Post, Mike Weir, and George Knudson. "It’s actually amazing, when I think about it, that I’m this close already," said Henderson from Los Angeles, where she is competing this week. "I’d love to get a couple more wins this season and go from there.

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