Jacksonville Sports Day

LPGA: Brooke Henderson Wins 2019 LOTTE Championship

Brooke Henderson and Nelly Korda were tied for the lead heading into the final round of the 2019 LOTTE Championship but their rounds pointed in two different directions at the end of the day.

Henderson came out on top with her eighth win of her career, her first win of the season, while third-round co-leader Korda finished her with a 4-over 77 with a quadruple bogey on No. 18 after a couple of bad shots that fell in the water.

“It was kind of a rough start; bogeyed the first hole. Just kind of tried to stay patient with Brit out there just because we knew it was going to be a tough day for everybody,” said Henderson who carded a 2-under-par 70 in the final round. “When we bogeyed the 1st hole it wasn’t a huge deal.”

Meanwhile, Republic of Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji ended the day 1-over with a runner-up finish and tied for third is Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Australia’s Minjee Lee at -11. First-round co-leader Nelly Korda

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“It’s really amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Mike Weir, George Knudson and Sandra Post,” said Henderson after winning the 2019 LOTTE Championship for her eighth-career LPGA victory and tying the all-time Canadian record for most wins on both Tours. “This week was really special. I always love coming to Hawaii.”

Henderson entered the final round with a share of the lead and had a tough task ahead of her. With the top-five players all within a stroke or two, ranked within the top-20 on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Henderson battled fierce winds and competition en route to her victory at Ko Olina.

“I knew it was going to be a tough task with the wind blowing as strong as it was. It definitely was really difficult,” said Henderson. “Just tried to make sure we hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, played on the smart side of the wind. We knew some holes were definitely birdieable, so we tried to focus on those. I was able to get a couple easy birdies on the Par-5, and then on No. 11, too.”

With a win on the weekend of a special holiday, Henderson had much to be grateful for on Saturday.

“I think patience was a huge key for us this week,” said Henderson. “I’m just so grateful to have Brittany on the bag. Being Easter weekend, it is really special to us as well. Just so grateful to God, our father and everything that he has provided for us.”

 

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