Final: Henderson’s 71 is enough
Brooke Henderson closed a dominant week in Portland with her least-dominant performance Sunday and still won the Cambia Portland Classic by four strokes.
Henderson had a one-under 71 for a 72-hole total of 14-under 274, four shots better than Stacy Lewis and five shots up on Suzann Pettersen.
According to the LPGA Website: “Henderson joins Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth as the third player to win back-to-back titles at the Cambia Portland Classic. Henderson is the second wire-to-wire winner on the LPGA this season; the first was Ha Na Jang at the Coates Golf Championship in February.
“’To be back here in Portland, it’s so beautiful,’ Henderson said after her win. “’To repeat and try to defend a championship for the first time and be able to do it is, I think, a really big deal. Third win on the LPGA Tour is really cool.’”
Also from the LPGA release: “… (Mariajo) Uribe, in search of her first career victory, was in great position through
11 holes. Bogey-free with three birdies on the card, she had tied Henderson for the lead at 14-under par. … (S)he immediately ran into trouble on the par-5 12th hole; after hitting her second shot into the trees she would card a bogey. The hole ended up being a two-shot swing in favor of Henderson, who birdied. Uribe would struggle down the stretch (five-over par on her last four holes) and end up in a tie for fifth at 8-under par with Austin Ernst.”
Henderson leads by two strokes after three rounds
She’s 18, a year on from her victory at the Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, her first on the LPGA Tour, and she gives every appearance that she intends to win it again.
Brooke Henderson tees off at 11:15 PDT for today’s final round at 11 under par, two shots better than Mariajo Uribe of Colombia and four shots better than the third member of the final group, Austin Ernst, and Suzann Pettersen, the 36-hole co-leader with Henderson.
A double-bogey on No. 13 was the only blemish in Henderson’s round of 70 Saturday.
In June, she vaulted all the way to No. 2 in the world with her victory in a playoff with world No. 1 Lydia Ko at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.