Hen­der­son stays on top at Swing­ing Skirts

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Canadian teenager Brooke Hen­der­son clung to a one-shot lead in the Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic on Satur­day af­ter an even-par 72 in the third round.

Hen­der­son, who had seized the lead on Fri­day with a siz­zling 65, had a 54-hole to­tal of nine­un­der par 207 and a one-stroke lead over Amer­i­can Mor­gan Pres­sel and South Korea’s Kwak Min­seo.

Pres­sel carded a five-un­der 67, while Kwak posted a 69 for 208.

They were two strokes in front of world No. 1 Ly­dia Ko of New Zealand, the first-round leader who posted a one-un­der 71 for 210.

Hen­der­son, a 17-year-old seek­ing her first tour win af­ter turn­ing pro this year, stretched her lead to as many as five strokes, but fal­tered down the stretch.

She moved to 10-un­der with an open­ing birdie, but gave the shot back at the next hole. Af­ter a birdie at the par-five sixth, she reeled off seven straight pars be­fore she got up and down for birdie at the par-five 14th.

Lead­ing by three with four to play, she closed with backto-back bo­geys to see her lead dwin­dle to one head­ing into the fi­nal round.

“It was a great day out there. It was re­ally tough con­di­tions and I was able to play re­ally well,” Hen­der­son said. “Cou­ple of times my short game needed to bail me out, and it was able to do that, es­pe­cially the first 16 holes.

“The last two, un­for­tu­nately I dropped two shots. Over­all it was a great day and I’m re­ally happy to be where I am.”

Pres­sel surged up the leader­board with a round that in­cluded six birdies — four of them on her last six holes.

“I wouldn’t say it was the ab­so­lute very best I could’ve played, but I cer­tainly kept con­trol of the golf ball in the wind,” said Pres­sel, whose two LPGA tour wins in­clude a ma­jor ti­tle at the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Cham­pi­onship. “It was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent golf course to­day. It was very in­ter­est­ing with all the rain overnight.”

Kwak’s round in­cluded four bo­geys, five birdies and an ea­gle at the par-five ninth, where she holed out from the fair­way.

AP

Brooke Hen­der­son, of Canada, fol­lows her shot from the third tee of the Lake Merced Golf Club dur­ing the third round of the Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment in Daly City, Cal­i­for­nia on Satur­day, April 25.

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