A paragon of parity, the LPGA Tour has now had 15 different golfers win the 15 events that have been held in the 2017 season.
This week’s new winner? Brooke Henderson, a 19-year-old from Canada who emerged from a crowded leaderboard in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to claim victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give.
A final round 3-under 66 (flooding changed par mid-tournament) allowed Henderson to reach -21 for the week, which was two strokes better than notable Americans Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.
Henderson’s fourth career victory spoiled the No. 1 ranking debut of Ariya Jutanugarn, who passed Lydia Ko just last week after Ko held the top spot for the previous 85.
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- Brooke Henderson, who came into the week ranked 15th in the world, a considerable drop after reaching #2 at one point in 2016. Henderson got back on the winner’s board in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was the leader after both 18 and 36 holes.
- Henderson finished two strokes ahead of Lexi Thompson, who continued her difficulty closing rounds (she also lead after 54-holes before dropping last week) and Michelle Wie, who is in the midst of a remarkable comeback season.
- The Meijer Classic marked the first tournament at #1 in the world for Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who passed Lydia Ko after he victory a week ago at the LPGA Manulife Classic.
- Jutanugarn posted 69-69-64-69 to finish T22, her worst result since January.
- Ko, playing for the first time in nearly a month, was T10. Despite the difference on the leaderboard, Jutanugarn will stay at world #1.
- Par was changed from 71 to 69 for the final two rounds, as standing water on the fifth hole forced a change from a par-5 to a par-3.
1 Brooke Henderson -17
2 Michelle Wie -15
2 Lexi Thompson -15
4 Su-Hyun Oh -14
4 Madelene Sagstrom -14
4 Moriya Jutanugarn -14
7 Danielle Kang -13
7 Carlota Ciganda -13
7 Hyo Joo Kim -13
10 Jacqui Concolino -12
10 Mi Jung Hur -12
10 Lydia Ko -12
- Money: With her win, Henderson earns $300,000; she has earned $592,765 this season and $2,417,479 in her career
- Season: 15 events played, 14 cuts made, one victory, two additional top 10s.
- Factoid: Henderson is the 15th different winner on the LPGA Tour in 2017 and the first from Canada. She is also the youngest winner and the youngest since her last victory.
“It was really tough today. To shoot 3-under and I don’t think I had any bogeys today either, which was great. The wind really picked up. I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18th green. Super happy and I’m just glad it’s done and I finally have my fourth win.”
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