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Canadian teen Henderson defends LPGA Portland crown

Monday,4 July 2016

Brooke M. Henderson of Canada hits her drive on the fourth hole during the fourth and final round of the Cambia Portland Classic held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on July 3, 2016 in Portland, Oregon
Brooke M. Henderson of Canada hits her drive on the fourth hole during the fourth and final round of the Cambia Portland Classic held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on July 3, 2016 in Portland, Oregon

Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson captured her second consecutive LPGA Portland Classic title on Sunday, firing a one-under par 71 to win by four strokes and complete a wire-to-wire triumph.

The 18-year-old world number two, who claimed her first major title at last month’s Women’s PGA Championship, finished on 14-under 274 for 72 holes at 6,476-yard Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

“I didn’t putt very well. It was kind of a weird day of golf,” Henderson said. “But I made a couple putts down the stretch.

“To be repeat champion here is very cool.”

American Stacy Lewis was second on 278 after a final-round 69 with Norway’s Suzann Pettersen third on 279 and American Austin Ernst sharing fourth with Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe, who challenged Henderson much of the day before closing with back-to-back double bogeys.

Henderson won her first LPGA title at this event last year. An eight-stroke victory made her the third-youngest winner in LPGA history and earned her an immediate spot on the tour.

At the Women’s PGA last month, Henderson birdied the first playoff hole to deny top-ranked Lydia Ko of New Zealand her third consecutive major title in a row.

Next week, Henderson could win her second major title in a row at the US Women’s Open.

“I’m just really looking forward to next week,” Henderson said.

Henderson, who began the final round with a two-stroke lead over Uribe, sandwiched birdies at the second and fourth holes arounds a bogey at the third.

But the South American birdied the par-5 fifth and seventh and pulled level for the lead with a birdie at 11.

Henderson birdied the par-5 12th while Uribe took a bogey there and even though the Canadian made bogey at the par-3 13th she was still ahead by one.

Uribe fell two back with a bogey at 15 before her collapse on the last two holes while Henderson closed with five pars, escaping 17 with a par after finding the rough by sinking a 15-foot putt from the fringe.

A group sharing sixth on 281 included South African Lee-Anne Pace and Americans Lee Lopez, Christina Kim and Cheyenne Woods, the 25-year-old niece of Tiger Woods who achieved a career-best LPGA finish.

Source by: AFP

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