Excellent shared third place for Spanish golfer Carlota Ciganda, with -15 in the aggregate, and who signed a fourth card with 68 hits (-3), one more than signed in each of the previous three days. Navarre, with three ‘birdies’ and without any failures in this last tour, even came in the 18th pitch for a ‘birdie’ which would have given her, at that time, in co-leadership. But it was a very long putt, almost impossible. He managed to leave the ball close to the hole and secure par for the hole. Too bad there were a few putts left during the week, because his game on the green was the best of the tournament.
With Carlota, the English finished tied for third place Shell Charliesouth korean Kim Hyo Joothe New Zealander lydia ko and the Japanese Saigo Mao.
Six years have passed to see how the 24-year-old Henderson achieved his second “big”, since the first was at the 2016 PGA Championship. He achieved it in a more complicated and nerve-wracking way than expected, since he started the day with two strokes ahead of South Korean So Yeon Ryu, 51st in the world, and American Sophia Schubert, 283rd in the standings. It had to be with a ‘birdie’ in the 18 to certify it.
And it is that the beginning of the Sunday tour of Henderson was not exactly to put in the album of the good memories of the Canadian. A ‘bogey’ at 1 and a ‘double bogey’ at 6 gave her moments of anguish and worry when she saw herself knocked out of the lead. A ‘birdie’ in the 7th gave her some breathing room, but another ‘bogey’ in the 11th gave her her worries back, and that’s how she fell to third place.
But the one born in Smiths Falls (Ontario) brought out her caste, her excellent golf and reacted in time: two ‘bidies’ on 14 and 15 put her back in the lead (-16); yes, shared with the Schubert surprise. even without a major tournament under his belt as a professional, since he only has one Symetra. It was all going to come down to the 18th hole, where the American, who was in the previous game, birdied a very affordable about 3 yards to get -17, he failed and Henderson, several yards away, got some respite .
Unsurprisingly, Henderson’s start in the 18th was not good, his ball went far from the fairway. Perhaps seeing that Schubert didn’t hole the -17 gave him enough composure to make a remarkable second shot and an even better third, leaving the ball eight feet from the hole. She did not miss the ‘putt’ and succeeded in the ‘birdie’ which, with -17, earned her her second ‘major’, her twelfth professional victory. Deserved for the rest of the tournament, but very suffered.
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