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Henderson: Hawaii win for Humboldt victims

From ESPN - April 14, 2018

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- For the final two days of the Lotte Championship, it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson.

She was not about to let it happen Saturday at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, where she won by four shots. The Canadian was too talented, and she had some very important people to play for, dedicating her victory to the people involved in the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan.

"It's extremely sad, a terrible tragedy what happened up there," Henderson said. "I know it kind of affected my whole country. Everybody really took it kind of personally.

"For all the survivors that are still fighting through it and all the ones that have passed away, I want to show them that we are here for them and we are supporting them. They are always going to be in our thoughts and prayers."

Henderson, who wo not turn 21 until September, won her sixth LPGA Tour title, leaving her just two short of Sandra Post for most wins by a Canadian player.

She collected $300,000, giving her nearly $500,000 this year and $4 million in her three-year career. Her final-round 3-under 69 left her at 12 under, four ahead of Azahara Munoz, whose 67 was the low round on a very difficult scoring day.

It was Munoz's best finish in more than four years. Henderson and sixth-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were the only other golfers to break 70 on a day that featured rain squalls and winds gusting to 30 mph.

"Crazy windy again," said Henderson, who was third in greens in regulation (52 of 72) and sixth in driving distance (288.8) for the week. "Just being able to adjust to it, kind of stay poised in it. Things are not going to always go perfectly, but I felt like my ball striking was probably the best it's ever been."

Jutanugarn tied for third, five back, with top-ranked Shanshan Feng (71) and third-ranked Inbee Park (72), who bogeyed the last two holes.

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