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Henderson holds nerve to claim LPGA Hawaii victory

Canada’s Brooke Henderson held her nerve to clinch the LPGA Tour Lotte Championship in Hawaii on Saturday, firing a 3-under-par 69 to seal a four-shot victory.

Henderson had stumbled badly in Friday’s third round, dropping three shots in the closing three holes to leave the chasing pack just one shot behind at Ko Olina Golf Club, Oahu. But the 20-year-old from Ontario shrugged off her third-round jitters to remain ahead of the field on Saturday, stretching her lead with two birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 2 under, 10 under for the tournament. There was a brief wobble with a bogey on the par-3 12th but Henderson hit back with a birdie on the 14th followed by a birdie on the par-3 16th — where she made a double-bogey 24 hours earlier — to close out her win with a 12-under 276. It was the sixth LPGA Tour win of the youngster’s career, which includes a victory as a teenager at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2016. Henderson finished four shots ahead of Spain’s Azahara Munoz, who had thrust herself into contention with a 5-under final-round 67. China’s Feng Shanshan, Thai Ariya Jutanugarn and South Korea’s Park In-bee were tied for third on 7 under.


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