LPGA Lotte Championship: Brooke Henderson wins to claim sixth tour victory

LPGA Lotte Championship: Brooke Henderson wins to claim sixth tour victory

In its seventh year, the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club has a seventh different victor.

Hamilton's Alena Sharp, who finished in a tie for 44th place at 4 over, had posted a picture on Twitter of one of the ribbons pinned to the side of her hat on Tuesday.

The Canadian followed her opening 68 with a superb six-under-par 66 today to reach 10 under, two clear of American Mo Martin and Chinese world No.1 Shanshan Feng with another two shots back to the rest of the field, including Sweden's recent ANA Inspiration victor Pernilla Lindberg.

At 20 years old, Henderson is now two victories behind Sandra Post for the most ever by a Canadian on the LPGA tour.

Green, also 21, has carded two even-par rounds of 72 to again be leading Aussie, in fact projecting into the top 26 in the season-long Race to the CME Globe standings.

The closing hole slip-up left Henderson on nine-under 207 for the tournament, giving encouragement to a crowded field behind her who are all within striking distance.

She was two over for the day after 10 holes but rescued her round with an eagle on the par-five 13th to stay close.

Another to miss the weekend action will be Victorian Su Oh, whose 73 today was an improvement on her opening 77, but only enough to reach six over. Henderson won by four strokes over Spain's Azahara Munoz. Lindberg shot 68 and Park had a 69.

"Mentally I was in a great spot this week", Henderson said.

Pernilla Lindberg shot 70 in her first start since beating Park in an eight-hole playoff in the year's first major.

Ji Eun-hee was the second-best finisher among Korean golfers at the Lotte Championships, finishing tied for 11th at 3 under par along with KLPGA Tour golfer Kim Ji-hyun who played under invitation.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., tied for 50th at 5 over.

The $2 million LPGA tournament ends Saturday.

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