LPGA win for Canada teenager

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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.

“It was just like the per­fect day,” she 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 de­fend­ing her ti­tle in the Cam­bia Port­land Clas­sic.

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.”

Sec­ond-ranked Ly­dia Ko had a 68 to tie for 10th at 12-un­der. Top-ranked Ariya Ju­tanu­garn, com­ing off a play­off victory the pre­vi­ous week in Canada, had a 69 to fin­ish tied for 22nd at 9-un­der.

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