Brooke Henderson Maintains Lead at Marathon Classic

Brooke Henderson Marathon Classic
Brooke Henderson hits a shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the 2018 Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

Brooke Henderson shot a 69 on Saturday and will head into the final round of the Marathon Classic with a one shot lead at 11-under par.

Brooke Henderson Marathon Classic
Brooke Henderson hits a shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the 2018 Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

The 20-year old Canadian finished her third day at Highland Meadows Golf Club with three bogeys against five birdies, including a late gain on No. 17 to secure the top spot for herself.

“I made some birdies but I made some bogeys. I didn’t hit it how I normally hit it, so I kind of grinded it out as best I could, and that’s good. That’s a good sign when you can still shoot under par and not hit it very well,” said Henderson.

“Just going into tomorrow trying to get back to the way I normally strike it, and hopefully make a lot of birdies.”

One back was veteran Angela Stanford, who rode a hot putter to a second-straight 65 and a three-day score of 10-under par.

“I think that’s kind of what’s kept me in it,” said Stanford, of her putting which produced eight birdies on Saturday.

“I’m seeing the lines pretty well. I didn’t have the speed the first day. I didn’t have it at all. I kind of figured it out the last two days.”

Brittany Lincicome made birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to sign for a 67, and sit alongside Stanford at 10-under par, one clear of Jacqui Concolino, who birdied No. 18 to card a 69 and reach 9-under par, good for solo-fourth place.

A logjam of 11 players were one further back at 8-under par, including defending champion I.K. Kim, who posted a 2-under-par 69, first-day leader Thidapa Suwannapura (71), Emma Talley (70), In Gee Chun (70), and Mirim Lee (69), among others.


2018 MARATHON CLASSIC


TOP 10 LEADERS: ROUND 3

POS-PLAYER-SCORE (TODAY)
1. Brooke Henderson -11 (-2)
2. Angela Stanford -10 (-6)
2. Brittany Lincicome -10 (-4)
4. Jacqui Concolino -9 (-2)
5. Thidapa Suwannapura -8 (E)
5. Emma Talley -8 (-1)
5. In Gee Chun -8 (-1)
5. Mirim Lee -8 (-2)
5. Celine Herbin -8 (-2)
5. Katherine Perry -8 (-3)
5. Celine Herbin -8 (-2)
5. Caroline Inglis -8 (-2)
5. Christina Kim -8 (-2)
5. In-Kyung Kim -8 (-2)
5. Jennifer Kupcho -8 (-5)
5. Daniela Darquea -8 (-5)

NOTABLES: ROUND 3

POS-PLAYER-SCORE (TODAY)
21. Charley Hull -6 (-6)
21. Annie Park -6 (-3)
21. Mo Martin -6 (-1)
30. Lexi Thompson -5 (-1)
39. Chella Choi -4 (E)
45. Cheyenne Woods -3 (E)
49. Angel Yin -2 (+1)
58. Stacy Lewis E (+1)
63. Sei Young Kim +1 (+2)


HOW BROOKE HENDERSON SCORED

Driving: 264.5 yards
Fairways: 29/42, 69.0%
Greens: 44/54, 81.4%
Par-3 Scoring: E (3 Birdies, 6 Pars, 3 Bogeys)
Par-4 Scoring: -5 (6 Birdies, 26 Pars, 1 Bogey)
Par-5 Scoring: -6 (6 Birdies, 3 Pars)
Total Scoring: -11 (15 Birdies, 35 Pars, 4 Bogeys)


EXIT QUESTION FOR BROOKE HENDERSON

Q: I had the pleasure of watching you play today. How are you able to play this type of golf consistently playing as many events as you do?

BROOKE HENDERSON: Yeah, you know, I love to play a lot of golf. This week things have been clicking for me a little bit better than normal, and I’m just excited to see my name at the top of the leaderboard.

I would have liked to play a little better today, but I’m happy to still be in the top spot and hopefully make a lot of birdies tomorrow.

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