Brooke Henderson shot a final-round 70 at Blythefield Country Club to secure a one-stroke victory at the 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic.
It was the ninth win for the 22-old Canadian star, who became the winningest Canadian golfer – male or female, in the history of the LPGA and PGA Tours, one win clear of Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson.
“That’s so special and so incredible. Earlier this year to get my eighth win was a huge deal for myself and I felt like the whole country as well, and to kind of break that record now is really exciting,” said Henderson.
“I just look forward to the rest of the summer and hopefully a lot more wins in the future.”
Henderson finished her final day in Grand Rapids, Michigan with three birdies against one bogey to reach 21-under par for the tournament.
“I was just trying to make some more birdies out there and I just seemed to be rubbing edges all day,” said Henderson. “Then I looked at the leaderboard and it was really cramming up, getting packed.
“Coming down here I figured after I heard that roar on the tee I would need eagle or birdie, so I was sort of surprised when all I needed was par. I’m glad that’s it because I was really shaking on those couple putts there.”
Four players finished tied for second at 20-under par, including Nasa Hataoka, who made six birdies and a chip-in eagle on No. 18 en route to the day’s low round at 7-under 65. Su Oh (66), last week’s winner Lexi Thompson (68), and Brittany Altomare (68) were the others in the T2 foursome.
Morgan Pressel (70) finished in solo sixth, one clear of Nelly Korda (67) and Annie Park (74) who were T7.
Final Top-5 Leaders
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Brooke Henderson -21 (-2)
2. Nasa Hataoka -20 (-7)
2. Su Oh -20 (-6)
2. Lexi Thompson -20 (-4)
2. Brittany Altomare -20 (-4)
Henderson’s Final-Round Stats
Driving: 279.5 yards
Fairways: 13/14, 92.86%
Greens: 14/18, 77.77%
Scores: 3 Birdies, 14 Pars, 1 Bogey
“He’s my coach and he’s always helped both Brit (sister and caddie) and I to get better and to improve. Before the tournament starts, we’re always talking through strategy, practice rounds, trying to make good decisions and hit the ball in the right places.
“As the tournament goes on, we talk about the pin sheets before the rounds, try to get a good strategy again. If we make mistakes out there, he’s just trying to correct them so we don’t make them again.
“So we owe a lot to him and we’re happy when he’s able to join us at tournaments. Both mom and dad are here today and this is my third win on Father’s Day; won Symetra and then two on the LPGA Tour, which is really cool. It’s just fun to be able to celebrate and get a win, especially on a special day.”
– Brooke Henderson