Long-hitting Lexi Thompson moved into a one-stroke after the third round at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Canadian prodigy, born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, has now won four times on the LPGA tour, including the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Moments later, Henderson saved par on 18 from just over three feet that all but clinched the victory. “I figured I was up there somewhat, but it didn’t really change the way I played”. The leaderboard is packed.
As I think about Michelle Wie’s game, I see her gaining in consistency in both her long game and her short game.
In the meantime, Henderson is slated to attend media day for the 2017 CP Canadian Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt Club this Wednesday. “I had zero bogeys on a day like today where it was super windy”.
I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18 green. So to get my fourth win is super exciting and Im just excited for the rest of the summer now.. “He’s my coach, my best friend and a great father, so thank you, Dad”.
Wie, who finished tied for second with Thompson, notched her best finish of the season. Par was reduced to 69 because of flooding at the number five that turned the hole from a par five to a par three. “The wind just started blowing and it was just interesting”. “It’s cool to be able to make those putts under pressure”, Henderson told Golf channel after sinking a three-foot par putt at the last to finish at 17-under 263.
Thompson is looking for a 9th LPGA Tour title. But he said, If you want to win and you want to contend, you need to take these lines off the tee.
“But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of No 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie”, said Thompson who had six birdies and one bogey. “I’ve been playing solid”. She went from a three-shot lead to one shot behind, and eventually lost to So Yeon Ryu in the playoff.
“It’s been rough. This year has been very much up-and-down”, said Sagstrom.
South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim is two shots further back at 12 under. They finished at 13-under for the week and all finished tied for 7th.