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Brooke Henderson wins LA Open for 10th LPGA Tour title

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brooke Henderson rallied to win the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open on Saturday for her 10th LPGA Tour title, chipping in for birdie on the par-3 twelfth in an early back-nine burst and getting up-and-down for par on the final.

Four strokes behind chief Jessica Korda and three again of top-ranked Jin Young Ko coming into the sunny, breezy day at Wilshire Country Club, Henderson closed together with her second straight 4-under 67 for a one-stro-ke victory over Korda.

“I definitely am a firm believer when you’re in the winner’s circle you’re getting a lot of breaks and it’s sort of meant to be,” Henderson stated. “I was making a lot of birdies, and I think probably the biggest break was 12, that chip-in. You know, those breaks can be really small or they can be really big.”

The 23-year-old Canadian birdied the par-4 eleventh to take the lead at 15 beneath, hitting a 144-yard shot to three ft of the again, proper pin. She holed out from 70 ft from proper and beneath the inexperienced on 12, and made a 6-foot birdie putt on the brief par-4 14th.

“Just tried to make solid contact and landed on my spot, and to have it go in was definitely a big bonus,” Henderson stated concerning the twelfth. “It was going pretty hard. So it was a huge momentum change and a huge point in my round today.”

She bogeyed the par-4 seventeenth to chop her result in two. On the par-3 18th with Korda in place for a brief birdie putt, Henderson chipped inside 2 ft for par after her 8-iron shot rolled off the sting of the inexperienced and right into a low assortment space.

“Definitely very clutch,” Henderson stated. “That is not where I wanted that tee shot to be, so to be able to get up-and-down there for the win was really cool, especially just after Jessica made such a great shot and put a lot of pressure on me to make par.”

The sixth-ranked Henderson received for the primary time because the Meijer LPGA Classic in June 2019. She completed at 16-under 268 to interrupt the occasion document of 14 beneath set by Minjee Lee in 2019.

Korda birdied the final for a 72, lacking an opportunity for her second victory of the yr after main after every of the primary three rounds. She received the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.

“Really frustrating, really couldn’t get anything going,” Korda stated. “I was hitting it really good and then just it wasn’t happening for me for some reason. Just kept getting screwed and the wind kept dropping and then coming back up. .. it just wasn’t happening. I don’t know.”

She parred the primary six and bogeyed Nos. 7 and 9, made her first birdie of the day on the par-5 thirteenth, then gave the stro-ke again on 14.

“I tried. I tried to force a couple birdies,” Korda stated. “I had a great little 8-iron into the par-5 15th and takes the biggest bounce I’ve ever seen and goes over the green.”

While Henderson made her transfer early on the again 9, Ko bogeyed the eleventh and twelfth in a 72 that left her tied with Australia’s Hannah Green at 14 beneath. The South Korean star was coming off a two-week break after ending seventh within the ANA Inspiration.

“Was tough,” Ko stated. “Wind was difficult out there. … I couldn’t focus on my game.”

Green eagled the 14th and birdied the par-5 fifteenth in a 66.

Major champions So Yeon Ryu (68) and Angela Stanford (70) tied for fifth at 12 beneath.

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