Cana­dian golfer Brooke Hen­der­son cel­e­brates with her dad (and coach) af­ter first LPGA win of the year: ‘It was just like the per­fect day.’


GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Cana­dian Brooke Hen­der­son made it a spe­cial Fa­ther’s Day.

With dad/coach Dave Hen­der­son and other family mem­bers watch­ing, the 19year-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,” 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 — for the fi­nal two rounds be­cause of flood­ing.

Wie fin­ished with a 65, and Thomp­son carded a 69.

Hen­der­son fin­ished at17-un­der 263 and earned $300,000 U.S. She led af­ter each of the first two rounds, shoot­ing 63-67 when par was 71, and fol­lowed up with 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.

But she hadn’t won an LPGA tour­na­ment since, a drought that spanned nearly a year be­fore Sun­day.

“It’s kind of been a lit­tle bit tougher sea­son for me, I haven’t got the re­sults that I’ve been re­ally look­ing for,” Hen­der­son said. “But this week I played re­ally well and things kind of started to turn around for me. So to get my fourth win is su­per ex­cit­ing, and I’m just ex­cited for the rest of the sum­mer now.”

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. She hit one of the long­est drives of the day on No. 9, stuck 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 a bo­gey-free round with five birdies.

“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, Made­lene Sagstrom and Moriya Ju­tanu­garn tied for fourth at 14 un­der.

Sec­ond-ranked Ly­dia Ko fin­ished with a 68 to tie for 10th at 12-un­der. Top-ranked Ariya Ju­tanu­garn, com­ing off a play­off victory last week on Hen­der­son’s home turf near Cam­bridge, Ont., over Thomp­son and In Gee Chun, shot 69 to for 22nd at 9 un­der.

Hen­der­son said she’ll be tak­ing the next week off af­ter play­ing in a char­ity event Mon­day in Rhode Is­land. Her next tour­na­ment stop will be the KPMG PGA Cham­pi­onship, where she’ll look to de­fend her ti­tle.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing and it gives me a lot of confidence go­ing into that tour­na­ment know­ing that I’m com­ing off a win,” she said. “Hope­fully I can go there to Olympia Fields and de­fend the cham­pi­onship that re­ally de­fined my ca­reer last year.”


Cana­dian Brooke Hen­der­son im­i­tates a selfie while pos­ing with the Mei­jer LPGA Clas­sic tro­phy af­ter Sun­day’s fi­nal round in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Brooke Hen­der­son, tee­ing off on the eighth hole Sun­day, earned $300,000 U.S. with a bo­gey-free fi­nal round.

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