LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brooke Henderson rallied to win the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open on Saturday for her 10th LPGA Tour title, chipping in for birdie on the par-3 twelfth in an early back-nine burst and getting up-and-down for par on the final.
Four strokes behind chief Jessica Korda and three again of top-ranked Jin Young Ko coming into the sunny, breezy day at Wilshire Country Club, Henderson closed along with her second straight 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Korda.
“I think as I age I’m getting more nerves,” Henderson stated. “But I was just really happy with how I went out today. I was a lot of shots back, but I just said to myself to keep the same game plan and try to make as many birdies as I could. I’m just really happy with how everything turned out.
The 23-year-old Canadian birdied the par-4 11th to take the lead at 15 under, hitting a 144-yard shot to 3 feet of the back, right pin. She holed out from 70 feet from right and below the green on 12, and made a 6-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 14th.
“I was definitely disappointed that I missed the green there,” Henderson stated concerning the twelfth. “Fortunately, I had a lot of green to work with. … But to catch the hole and make birdie there it was definitely a huge momentum change, and I think that’s probably what won it today.”
Henderson bogeyed the par-4 seventeenth to chop her result in two, then chipped inside 2 toes for par on the par-3 18th after her 8-iron shot rolled off the best fringe of the inexperienced and right into a low assortment space.
The sixth-ranked Henderson received for the primary time because the Meijer LPGA Classic in June 2019. She completed at 16-under 268 to interrupt the occasion file of 14 underneath set by Minjee Lee in 2019.
Korda closed with a 72, lacking an opportunity for her second victory of the 12 months after main after every of the primary three rounds. She received the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
“Really frustrating, really couldn’t get anything going,” Korda stated. “I was hitting it really good and then just it wasn’t happening for me for some reason. Just kept getting screwed and the wind kept dropping and then coming back up. .. it just wasn’t happening. I don’t know.”
She parred the primary six and bogeyed Nos. 7 and 9, made her first birdie of the day on the par-5 thirteenth, then gave the stroke again on 14.
“I tried. I tried to force a couple birdies,” Korda stated. “I had a great little 8-iron into the par-5 15th and takes the biggest bounce I’ve ever seen and goes over the green.”
While Henderson made her transfer early on the again 9, Ko bogeyed the eleventh and twelfth in a 72 that left her tied with Australia’s Hannah Green at 14 underneath. The South Korean star was coming off a two-week break after ending seventh within the ANA Inspiration.
“Was tough,” Ko stated. “Wind was difficult out there. … I couldn’t focus on my game.”
Green eagled the 14th and birdied the par-5 fifteenth in a 66.
Major champions So Yeon Ryu (68) and Angela Stanford (70) tied for fifth at 12 underneath.