After the rally, Brooke Henderson wins the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open on Saturday, giving her the 10th LPGA tour title – CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brooke Henderson rallied to win the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open on Saturday for her 10th LPGA Tour title, winning a birdie over the par 3 12th in a flurry of start from nine back to par on the last.
Four strokes behind leader Jessica Korda and three behind top-ranked Jin Young Ko on the sunny, blustery day at Wilshire Country Club, Henderson closed with his second straight 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Korda. .
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“I firmly believe that when you’re in the winning circle you get a lot of breaks and sort of it’s meant to be,” said Henderson. “I was doing a lot of birds, and I think the biggest break was probably 12, this chip-in. You know, these breaks can be very small or very large. “
The 23-year-old Canadian birdie par 4-11 to take the 15-under lead, hitting a 144-yard shot 3 feet from the back, right pin. She dug 70 feet to the right and under the green on 12, and birdie 6 feet on the short par 4 14th.
“I just tried to make solid contact and landed in my seat, and bringing him in was definitely a big bonus,” Henderson said of the 12th. “It was going pretty hard. So that was a huge change in momentum and a huge point in my round today.
She bugged the 17th par-4 to reduce her lead to two. At the 18th par 3 with Korda in position for a short birdie putt, Henderson fell inside 2 feet for par after his 8-iron shot passed from the edge of the green and into a low collection area.
“Definitely very engaged,” said Henderson. “That’s not where I wanted that tee shot to be, so being able to go up and down there for the win was really cool, especially right after Jessica took such a great shot and put me a lot of pressure to do by. “
Henderson, ranked sixth, won for the first time since the Meijer LPGA Classic in June 2019. She finished at 16 under 268 to break the event record of 14 under set by Minjee Lee in 2019.
Korda birdied the last for a 72, missing a chance for his second win of the year after leading after each of the first three laps. She won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
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“Really frustrating, I couldn’t really get anything going,” Korda said. “I was hitting really well and then it didn’t happen to me for some reason. I kept getting screwed and the wind kept dropping and then picking up. .. it just didn’t happen. I do not know.”
She parried the first six and made the No. 7 and 9, birdie of the day on par 5 13, then returned the blow on the 14.
“I tried. I tried to force a few birdies,” Korda said. “I had a great little 8 iron in the 15th par-5 and took the biggest bounce I’ve ever had. saw and I pass on the green. “
As Henderson moved him to the start of the back nine, Ko clocked an 11th and 12th in a 72nd that left her tied with Australia’s Hannah Green at 14 under. The South Korean star was coming off a two-week hiatus after finishing seventh in ANA Inspiration.
“It was tough,” Ko said. “The wind was tough there. … I couldn’t concentrate on my game.
Green scored on the 14th and birdieed the 15th par-5 in a 66.
Major champions So Yeon Ryu (68) and Angela Stanford (70) were fifth at 12 under.
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