After a tumultuous year due to the crisis relating to the pandemic, Canada’s Brooke Henderson pulled off a final round that catapulted into the lead and ended with her winning the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open and celebrating her tenth victory on the LPGA tour.
Henderson, who began the final round sitting four shots behind leader Jessica Korda, rallied late in the final round with a birdie on the 12th hole and staying on point for the remainder of the bank nine. The win was bittersweet for Korda, who began the day ahead and managed to hold a one stroke lead until the final three holes.
A native of Smiths Falls, Ontario, Brooke Henderson began her push on the 11th with a birdie and followed it with another on the 12th. That put her three back from Korda, before the Canadian sunk a six footer on the 14th to earn her third birdie in three holes.
After jumping into the lead, Henderson watched her lead drop to two strokes after scoring a bogey on the 17th. Things didn’t get much better for the 23 year old Henderson after overshooting the green on the 18th. However, it was enough to give her the win after Korda failed to close the gap.
Korda who finished the final round with a 72 and had led the three previous rounds, missed her opportunity to retake the lead. Korda started the season off with her sixth LPGA title in January at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
South Korea’s J.Y. Ko also saw her chances of staging a late push after bogeying the 11th and 12th holes. Ko, who finished seventh at the Ana Inspiration, was playing her first tournament after a two week absence from the tour ended her day tied with Aussie favourite Hannah Green at 14-under par.
Ranked sixth in the LPGA, this was Henderson’s first win since 2019 setting a tournament record when she won the Meijer LPGA Classic. The LPGA will now head to Singapore for the HSBC Women’s World Championship where Sung Hyun Park will defend her title.
For sports pundits, this is a golden opportunity to register with LPGA friendly sportsbooks. With the LPGA back to its normal pre-covid schedule, fans of the sport can look forward to twenty-six stops this season.
Bianca Andreescu out with COVID-19
the pandemic, Canadian tennis star and Mississauga native Bianca Andreescu announced she has tested positive for COVID. Resultant of the positive test, Andreescu entered into self-isolation and announced her exit from the Madrid Open. The announcement, which was made via Andreescu’s social media accounts, stated that testing in Madrid returned a positive result. The statement, which was released on Sunday, stated:
“After testing negative twice before my flight to Madrid, I was sadly informed that I tested positive upon arrival for COVID-19. Therefore, I will not be playing at the Madrid Open later this week. I am feeling good, I’m resting and continuing to follow the health protocols and safety guidelines. I look forward to getting back out on the court very soon.”
Andreescu, who won the U.S. Open in 2019, managed to make it to the finals against Ashleigh Barty earlier in the month at the Miami Open. However, mid-way through the second set, she had to retire after suffering an ankle injury while falling earlier in the match.