After several near misses, 17-year-old Brooke Henderson, the pride of Smiths Falls, Ontario, who cobbled together a season as a non-LPGA member through Monday qualifiers and sponsor invites, finally broke through, winning the Cambia Portland Classic in runaway fashion. Henderson, who earned one of two Monday qualifying spots, made 19 birdies and one bogey in the first three rounds and began the final day five shots clear. She never looked back, shooting 69 to finish at 21-under 267, a tournament record. She won by eight ahead of Ha Na Jang, Pornanong Phatlum and Candie Kung.
Who didn’t win
Once again Morgan Pressel came up short. The 27-year-old, attempting to break a winless streak that dates to October 2008, began the day in second place but was unable to mount a charge. She made bogey at the first and eighth holes on the way to a 75 while Henderson played near-flawless golf. Pressel finished 10 under and tied for 10th, her sixth top-10
finish of the year.
How it happened
Henderson shot 68 on Monday to get into the field and was rarely out of position the rest of the week. On Sunday, she birdied the par-5 fifth and two-putted for birdie at the par-5 seventh after running her eagle putt 6 feet past. Then at the ninth, leading by seven, Henderson hit a near-perfect approach that bounced over the hole but ran 18 feet by. She poured that putt in like it was a tap-in to take an eight-shot lead to the back nine….READ FULL ARTICLE HERE