Canadian teen Henderson has 1-shot lead in LPGA Tour event
Ko fought her way to a 1-under-par 71 Saturday at Lake Merced Golf Club, leaving her three shots behind Brooke Henderson, who has taken over as the world’s best 17-year-old since Ko turned 18 on Friday. If she does, she’ll earn a two-year exemption to the tour but, unless she receives a waiver from the tour, she won’t be able to play regularly until she turns 18 in October. The best her opposition could do was 5-under rounds of 67 posted Germany’s Sandra Gal, Sakura Yokomine of Japan and South Korea’s Min Seo Kwak.
That sizzling round put her at 9 under at Lake Merced Golf Club, where world No. 1 and defending champion Lydia Ko shot an even-par 72 to remain 5 under after taking the first-round lead Thursday.
Henderson, a 17-year-old seeking her first tour win after turning pro this year, stretched her lead to as many as five strokes, but faltered down the stretch.
Defending champion Alexander Levy failed to capitalize on a super start to his third round and was forced to settle for a four-way share of the lead at the European Tour’s China Open in Shanghai Saturday.
Overall it was a great day, and I’m really happy to be where I am.
In the Legends Division for players 65 and older, Larry Nelson and Larry Fleisher had a four-stroke lead over the teams of Jack Nicklaus-Gary Player and Butch Baird-Al Geiberger at 11 under after 66 at Buffalo Springs.
Henderson got the opportunity to play a few LPGA events as an amateur as well, and says it helped prepare her for the professional ranks.
“The last two, unfortunately I dropped two shots”.
She moved to 10-under with an opening birdie, but gave the shot back at the next hole.
Compton finished six holes, and Day played three.
“I think I’m ready. She spent a little extra time with me than the other girls, which I thought was really neat”.
Caddie Bunk Lee insists they didn’t even know she had jumped to the top of the leaderboard in just her 10th career LPGA Tour event. Play will close Sunday on the par-3 course with nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball.
Another Kwak birdie on 10 was eliminated by her fourth bogey on 12, but she finished strong with birdies on 15 and 18 to join Pressel in second.
“As you’ve seen with Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson and even Jessica Korda, there are a lot of great names that have been able to do it. I’m hoping that I’m one of them”.
She will be in the final group with Pressel, whom she refers to as her role model in women’s golf. She didn’t miss a fairway until the par-5 14th, and she converted that into a birdie from a greenside bunker for a three-shot lead. She has not won since the 2008 Kapalua LPGA Classic…
Pressel birdied four of the final six holes to surge into contention for what would be her first victory since 2008.
And Ko found herself again talking about the fact age is no issue in golf, this time not about Inkster but someone younger – Henderson.
That was Henderson’s last birdie for a while as she made seven straight pars from No. 7.
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