2018 Champion Brooke Henderson Notches 6th LPGA Victory with LOTTE Championship Win
The first Canadian to claim the title at the LOTTE Championship, 20-year-old Brooke Henderson dominated a star-studded field of marquee ladies’ professional golf professionals including Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hung Park, Anna Nordqvist and Hawaii’s own Michelle Wie to claim her sixth LPGA win and her first in the 2018 season. This is the fourth consecutive year in which she has won an LPGA event.
During the final round held on Saturday, April 15, Henderson dominated Ko Olina Golf Club on Oahu with a 69 in a difficult wind to take the LOTTE Championship by four strokes over Azahara Munoz at 12-under-par 276.
Time after time, Henderson blasted a drive, quickly plucked her tee from the ground then walked to a ball well down the fairway, often 60 yards past her playing partner, Mo Martin, who began the day one stroke back. When the dust settled, Ariya Jutanugarn, Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng, who maintained her No. 1 position in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, were tied for third, five strokes behind Henderson. Martin was 10 back after a 78.
The Canadian started the final round with a one-stroke lead over Martin and two clear of Park and Nasa Hataoka, a 19-year-old from Japan. None of them were able to keep up with Henderson on a blustery day in which birdies were hard to come by.
Henderson dedicated her win to the victims and survivors of the Humboldt bus crash saying, “I want to show them that we’re here for them and we’re supporting them. They’re always going to be in our thoughts and prayers.”