Brooke Henderson could be on the verge of making Canadian golf history.
Through three rounds of the LPGA’s CP Canadian Open, the 20-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario is the leader at 14 under par 202 after shooting a two-under 70 at the Wascana Golf Club.
That puts her one ahead of Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and American Angel Yin with several others not far behind including defending champ and World number 1 Sung-Hyun Park of Korea who is two strokes off the pace.
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With a vocal group of supporters following her and cheering her at every turn, Henderson opened with four straight pars before a drive on the par-4 fifth hole found the rough and led to a bogey. She responded by rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the sixth.
She then turned it up a notch on the back nine registering birdies on 12 and 13 with a near-eagle on 14 as a chip from the rough rolled with great speed before hitting the back of the cup and staying out. She tapped in for a third straight birdie.
Henderson ran into trouble on 16 when she left herself with a 20 foot putt for par after a bad chip from the rough, but she delighted those around the green by draining the putt for par. Henderson says that shot was big.
“To be able to get up and down when I kind of ran into a little bit of trouble there on 16 was really key.” Henderson said moments after putting out on 18. It helped me keep my composure a little bit.”
With bad weather in the forecast for Sunday, tournament organizers announced after the round that the final 18 holes will begin at 7 AM with Henderson going off at 9:01.
She has one win to her credit on the LPGA Tour this year and six wins career. She will be looking to become the first Canadian to win the event since Jocelyne Bourassa did it in 1973.
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