The winningest Canadian participant in historical past returned to her successful methods at the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open. Brooke Henderson ended a victory drought that dated again to June 2019 in show-stopping trend, toppling No. 1-ranked Jin Young Ko, Jessica Korda and Hannah Green at historic Wilshire Country Club with a closing 67.
The victory provides 23-year-old Henderson her 10th career victory, tying Ariya Jutanugarn, Shanshan Feng and Paula Creamer amongst lively gamers. With golf courses closed in Henderson’s native Ontario till at least May 20 resulting from COVID-19 restrictions, the victory at final gave a few of Henderson’s largest supporters purpose to smile again house.
“I think as I age I’m getting more nerves,” stated Henderson when it was over.
Henderson, who completed at 16-under 268, appeared something however nervous when she hit a gutsy pitch on the closing par-3 18th to maintain her one-shot cushion over Korda, who knocked it in shut for birdie to complete solo second.
“That would be hard to pull off if she was by herself on Tuesday,” marveled Golf Channel analyst Judy Rankin of the deft up-and-down Henderson pulled off on the 72nd gap.
Sparked by a stuffed method on the 11th and a chip-in for birdie on the 12th, Henderson began the day 4 strokes again of Korda however opened up a three-shot lead with 4 to play over Ko, Korda and Aussie Hannah Green.
Korda, winner of the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, had loads of possibilities down the stretch however a number of misfires with wedge in hand, plus a bogey on the drivable par-4 14th and a par on the reachable par-5 fifteenth, stored her from amassing one other trophy.
As the tour heads to Asia for occasions in Singapore and Thailand, each Jessica and Nelly Korda, two of the most well liked gamers within the recreation this season, can have three weeks off.
“Really frustrating, really couldn’t get anything going,” stated Korda. “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 and we were – we just – it just wasn’t happening. I don’t know.”
Green carded a final-round 66 that included an eagle on the 14th to vault right into a share of third.
Henderson got here into the week with a pair of top-10 finishes on the season and hasn’t had her father/coach Dave on the street along with her since January 2020. The Hendersons journey typically with their two daughters, notably at huge occasions.
With dad again house in Smiths Falls, Ontario, they’ve used FaceTime to maintain on observe. Big sister Brittany helps too, notably on the greens. Henderson famous after Friday’s spherical that she lastly felt snug with the putter.
“I felt like I was playing really great golf,” stated Henderson of the almost two-year drought. “It just wasn’t my time. God has a plan for everything, and just really happy. Brit and I been working really hard, and so it’s nice to get the win and get some confidence back.”
Angela Stanford, 43, had a roller-coaster spherical that had her inside two photographs early within the again 9 after a holed bunker shot on the 11th. A double-bogey on the twelfth, nevertheless, took her out of the dialog down the stretch on Saturday. A closing 70 put the assistant Solheim Cup captain in a share of fifth.
USC grad Tiffany Chan performed a lot golf at Wilshire in school that she thought-about the membership her second house. Chan posted a career-best tie for eighth this week due to a closing 69.
UCLA grad Alison Lee Monday-qualified for the LA Open with a closing eagle. After a third-round 79 ship her tumbling down the board, the previous Solheim Cup participant carded 5 consecutive birdies on the again 9 to shoot 66 and completed tied for 39th in her second begin of the season.