Rea­son to smile again

Canuck star ded­i­cates ti­tle to her dad on Fa­ther’s Day

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - The New Farm -

Brooke Hen­der­son made it a spe­cial Fa­ther’s Day.

With fa­ther and coach Dave Hen­der­son and other family mem­bers watch­ing, the 19-year-old Cana­dian won the Mei­jer LPGA Clas­sic on Sun­day for her fourth LPGA Tour ti­tle, hold­ing off Michelle Wie and Lexi Thomp­son by two strokes in cool, windy con­di­tions in Grand Rapids, Mich.

“It was just like the per­fect day,” the Smiths Falls, Ont., na­tive said. “My dad is my coach, he’s a great fa­ther to both my sis­ter (cad­die Brit­tany) and I, and he’s one of our best friends.

“He’s with us all the time, and he gave me a lot of lines early in the week that I didn’t know, that I wouldn’t nor­mally take with­out him there. But he said, ‘If you want to win and you want to con­tend, you need to take these lines off the tee.’

“I did that and I had an ad­van­tage over the rest of the field all four days. So this win, I say it’s for him, but it re­ally is for him be­cause I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have done it with­out him.”

Hen­der­son closed with a 66 on the Blythe­field lay­out that was re­duced to a par of 69 — the fifth hole was played as a par 3 in­stead of a par 5 — the fi­nal two rounds be­cause of flood­ing. Wie fin­ished with a 65, and Thomp­son had a 69.

Hen­der­son fin­ished at 17-un­der 263 and earned $300,000. She led af­ter each of the first two rounds, shoot­ing 63-67 at a par of 71, and had a 67 on Satur­day to drop a stroke be­hind Thomp­son.

Hen­der­son won twice last year, tak­ing the KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship for her first ma­jor, and suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing her ti­tle in the Cam­bia Port­land Clas­sic.

Hen­der­son had three birdies in a bo­gey-free round. She birdied Nos. 7 and 8, while Thomp­son fal­tered.

“I missed a short one on 10, which I would have liked to have, but then I made a great birdie on No. 11,” Hen­der­son said.

“I had zero bo­geys on a day like to­day where it was su­per windy. And any day on Sun­day, there’s that lit­tle bit of ex­tra pres­sure and you’re in con­tention so you want to play re­ally well so you might push a few more shots than you would like.”

Thomp­son was 1 over on the first five holes with two bo­geys.

Thomp­son hit one of the long­est drives of the day on No. 9, put her ap­proach shot within 20 feet and made the birdie putt to tie for the lead. But she bo­geyed No. 10 to fall out of the lead.

“I hit my driver great the whole day, so that was def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive,” Thomp­son said. “I didn’t roll the put­ter that well to­day. It is what it is. I hit two great last putts. I al­most made the two long ones.”

Wie shared the lead early in the round and wound up with five birdies and no bo­geys.

“It was tough out there,” Wie said. “The wind just started blow­ing and it was just in­ter­est­ing. Some spots are re­ally wet, some spots are dry, but over­all I felt like I played good this week and I’m happy about it.”

Su Oh (64), Made­lene Sagstrom (65) and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn (66) tied for fourth at 14 un­der.

Sec­ond-ranked Ly­dia Ko had a 68 to tie for 10th at 12-un­der. Top-ranked Ariya Ju­tanu­garn, com­ing off a play­off victory last week in Canada over Thomp­son and In Gee Chun, had a 69 to for 22nd at 9 un­der.

So this win, I say it’s for him, but it re­ally is for him be­cause I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have done it with­out him.

Brooke Hen­der­son on her dad

Stacy Re­vere/getty Im­ages

Brooke Hen­der­son put her re­cent strug­gles be­hind her to reel in $300,000 in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sun­day.

The cana­dian PRESS

Tim Hague

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