Henderson settles for 1-shot lead in Hawaii

From ESPN - April 13, 2018

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- Brooke Henderson kept giving herself chances to run away from the field Friday at the Lotte Championship.

Instead, she had to be satisfied with barely hanging onto the lead.

After two nearly flawless, bogey-free days at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, the 20-year-old Canadian looked all too human in a frustrating third round that saw the wind switch directions.

Then again, so did nearly every other player. Henderson will take a one-stroke advantage over 2014 Women's British Open champ Mo Martin, whose eagle on the 13th kept her at even-par for the day, into the final round.

The leader was 3 over on the final three holes, four-putting the 16th for double-bogey.

Henderson, who has already won five times on the LPGA Tour, finished with a 1-over 73 left her at 9 under. She led by five early on the back nine, but 35 putts -- she needed just 50 the first two days combined -- had her trying to focus on the fact she still led at all.

"I have been kind of struggling with my putting all year,'' Henderson acknowledged. "The first few rounds I had it going and I felt confident with it; then on the back nine I just kept missing. I just felt like that every single putt and kind of got a little bit down. That's always a terrible way to be, especially when you are still leading the tournament.''

Japan's Nasa Hataoka, who is a year younger than Henderson, had a 68 to climb into a tie for third with third-ranked Inbee Park, two shots back.


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