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Brooke Henderson successfully defends in Portland

Brooke Henderson (file photo) (Photo: Bruce Young)
Canadian Brooke Henderson’s cumulative winning margin in two starts at the Cambia Portland Classic is a massive 12 shots having won today by four after destroying the field by a massive eight shots when on debut last year.

Henderson has now won three LPGA Tour events, two of those since joining the tour as a member last September and one of those being her first major championship at the Women’s PGA Championship in Seattle a month or so ago.

18 year old Henderson has won all three of her LPGA Tour titles in the Pacific North West and while still a long way behind the game’s dominant female player, Lydia Ko, she has made such a quick rise in the game since joining the LPGA Tour she could be challenging for that position before long.

Henderson is the LPGA Tour’s workhorse which makes her level of that success all that more remarkable. This was her 18th start in 19 LPGA Tour events this season the only one she missed was when competing in the Australian Ladies Masters instead of the Honda LPGA event in Thailand.

She appeared as if she might be running out of steam when she missed the cut last week in Arkanasas but has bounced back with this win, completing her 11th top ten in those eighteen starts.

Henderson won by four shots over Stacy Lewis with two time winner of the event, Suzanne Pettersen, another shot back in 3rd position.

Colombian Mariajo Uribe will be devastated with allowing a chance to win the title and her first LPGA Tour event slip and in fact the former US Women’s Amateur Champion dropped six shots in her last seven holes to eventually share 4th position with a another former winner of this event, Austin Ernst.

Sarah-Jane Smith continued what has been a solid season for her by finishing as the leading Australian in 19th position while Karrie Webb’s disappointing season continued when she finished 41st.        

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