Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

LPGA Lotte Championship: Brooke Henderson wins to claim sixth tour victory

LPGA Lotte Championship: Brooke Henderson wins to claim sixth tour victory

Canada's Brooke Henderson has overcome rain squalls and gusty wins to claim a four-shot victory in the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

After two almost flawless, bogey-free days at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, the 20-year-old Canadian looked all too human in a frustrating third round that saw the wind switch directions.

Japan's Nasa Hataoka, who is a year younger than Henderson, had a 68 to join third-ranked Inbee Park (71) at seven under.

LPGA Tour rookie Rebecca Artis (72) was the leading Australian, tied 39th at three over, with Minjee Lee (75) and Hannah Green (72) tied 50th at five over. Jutanugarn will rise from No. 5 to No. 3.

Yin said the Solheim experience provided momentum into her first professional win in December at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic on the Ladies European Tour.

"It was pretty bad what happened".

She was two over for the day after 10 holes but rescued her round with an eagle on the par-five 13th to stay close. "I know it kind of affected my whole country". She finished the tournament 12 under par.

But the Spaniard was unable to add to her birdie spree in the closing holes, leaving her in the clubhouse waiting to see if Henderson would falter. Everybody really took it kind of personally. "They're always going to be in our thoughts and prayers". Lindberg, victor of this month's ANA Inspiration, shot a 73, leaving her four off the front.

"Mentally I was in a great spot this week", Henderson said. "I think I'm back to 2014 when I last contended, but I have gone through quite a few health issues". "I feel like I'm hitting the ball really well and I can depend on my putting right now, which is a big key for me when I'm playing well".

Taiwan's Peiyung Chien (final-round 2 under) and Americans Lindy Duncan (2 under) and Lizette Salas (even) shared sixth place at 6 under par.

Even the likes of Daniela Lacobelli and Pernilla Lindberg are still in with a shout at five under, as are Thai siblings Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn at four under.

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