|Brooke Henderson wins her first Major Championship!|
It looked as though it was going to be quite easy for Lydia Ko on this Sunday afternoon, when she took a 3 stroke lead into the back nine. Brooke rolled in a miraculous putt from off the green on the 11th hole for an eagle. It cut Ko's lead to just one stroke. Lydia then birdied the 11th, to increase her lead to two strokes. When Henderson birdied the par four 13th, Ko's lead was back down to one.
It stayed that way, with both players making par, until Henderson birdied the 17th hole to pull even.
When Ko put her approach shot on 17 within four feet of the flag, and Brooke had a 12 footer just to save par on 18, it looked like Lydia had her third straight major championship in the bag.
It would all turn around a few minutes later when Brooke made the 12 footer on 18 to save par, and Lydia missed her four footer that would have given her the eventual win.
Meanwhile, Ariya Jutanugarn, winner of the last 3 LPGA events, birdied both 16 and 17 to pull within one stroke of the leaders. She would miss a long birdie put on 18, and had to settle for third place.
Brooke and Lydia were then off to the 18th hole to start the playoff. Ko drove first and had no trouble finding the fairway. Brooke was next and blew her drive past Ko's in a very good position. Lydia put her approach shot to within 20 feet of the flag, and Brooke stuck hers just 3 feet from the hole. Lydia missed her putt, and Brooke made hers for her first Major Championship win. Brooke shot a final round 65, 2 shots better than Ko's 67.
It was Brooke's second LPGA victory. She won the Cambia Classic last August, before gaining LPGA membership.
When Brooke accepted membership to the LPGA last year, she gave up her chance of becoming a rookie in 2016. Her league leading ten top tens this year (nobody else has more than 7), and this Major Championship victory, would have put her light years ahead of any other rookie this year.
Brooke became only the second Canadian player to win a Major Championship. The first since Sandra Post did it forty-eight years ago.
Brooke also became the second youngest Major Championship winner ever!
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