Brooke Henderson shot a final-round 65 to claim a four-shot victory over Angel Yin at the CP Women’s Open.
Henderson, who entered the day leading by one over Yin, extended her lead to three shots at the turn. And while the American Yin hung in there on the back nine (bogey-free 4 under), Henderson essentially iced the tournament with four-straight birdies on Nos. 12-15.
Still leading by three, Henderson hit a monster drive on 18, and then chipped her 70-yard approach to three feet, sending the hometown crowd into a frenzy. The 20-year old former goalie then finished off her tournament in style by sinking the three-foot birdie putt. After it dropped, Henderson raised her arms, hugged her caddie sister, and then joined in the celebration with a champagne shower as the Saskatchewan gallery broke out a rendition of O Canada.
It was a storybook ending for Henderson, who has endured a difficult summer, personally, losing both her maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather. Afterwards, she thanked God, and noted her grandparents’ presence.
“I think just all the hard work that my family has put into this, my dad and my coach, my mom, my best supporter, and my sister, who’s also my caddie,” said Henderson, holding back tears.
“This was a big dream and a big goal for all of us, and I think it’s just a cumulative effort of all of us that gave me the chance to be able to lift that.
“I mentioned I thank God for this, for this win and just the many opportunities that I’ve been given. My grandparents have passed away this summer, and I really think they were helping me today.”
With the win, Henderson became the first Canadian to win her country’s national golf championship in 45 years. The last was Jocelyne Bourassa at the inaugural tournament in 1973.
Now 71, Bourassa shared the following statement with Golf Canada in celebration of Henderson’s win:
“Together with golf fans and Canadians from coast to coast, I want to pass along my most sincere congratulations to Brooke Henderson on her historic win at the 2018 CP Women’s Open. It’s been 45 years since Canada celebrated a homegrown champion Women’s Open Championship and I couldn’t be prouder today to pass that incredible honor to Brooke Henderson. My win in 1973 in front of so many Canadian golf fans was the most special moment of my golfing career and I can image how satisfying this accomplishment must feel for Brooke and her family today. She is an incredible talent and her commitment to be the very best has brought her amazing success on the global golf stage and has inspired so many others in the game. Félicitations, congratulations to Brooke!”