LOS ANGELES — Brooke Henderson rallied to win the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open on Saturday for her tenth LPGA Tour title, chipping in for birdie on the par-3 twelfth in an early back-nine burst and getting up-and-down for par on the final.
4 strokes behind chief Jessica Korda and three again of top-ranked Jin Younger Ko coming into the sunny, breezy day at Wilshire Nation Membership, Henderson closed together with her second straight 4-under 67 for a 1-stroke victory over Korda.
“I positively am a agency believer while you’re within the winner’s circle you are getting a variety of breaks and it is form of meant to be,” Henderson mentioned. “I used to be making a variety of birdies, and I believe most likely the largest break was 12, that chip-in. You already know, these breaks will be actually small or they are often actually huge.”
The 23-year-old Canadian birdied the par-4 eleventh to take the lead at 15 underneath, hitting a 144-yard shot to three ft of the again, proper pin. She holed out from 70 ft from proper and beneath the inexperienced on 12, and made a 6-foot birdie putt on the quick par-4 14th.
“Simply tried to make strong contact and landed on my spot, and to have it go in was positively a giant bonus,” Henderson mentioned concerning the twelfth. “It was going fairly laborious. So it was an enormous momentum change and an enormous level in my spherical at the moment.”
She bogeyed the par-4 seventeenth to chop her result in 2. On the par-3 18th with Korda in place for a brief birdie putt, Henderson chipped inside 2 ft for par after her 8-iron shot rolled off the sting of the inexperienced and right into a low assortment space.
“Undoubtedly very clutch,” Henderson mentioned. “That isn’t the place I wished that tee shot to be, so to have the ability to get up-and-down there for the win was actually cool, particularly simply after Jessica made such an awesome shot and put a variety of strain on me to make par.”
The sixth-ranked Henderson received for the primary time for the reason that Meijer LPGA Traditional in June 2019. She completed at 16-under 268 to interrupt the occasion report of 14 underneath set by Minjee Lee in 2019.
Korda birdied the final for a 72, lacking an opportunity for her second victory of the yr after main after every of the primary three rounds. She received the season-opening Diamond Resorts Event of Champions in January for her sixth LPGA Tour title.
“Actually irritating, actually could not get something going,” Korda mentioned. “I used to be hitting it actually good after which simply it wasn’t taking place for me for some motive. Simply stored getting screwed and the wind stored dropping after which coming again up. … It simply wasn’t taking place. I do not know.”
She parred the primary six and bogeyed Nos. 7 and 9, made her first birdie of the day on the par-5 thirteenth, then gave the stroke again on 14.
“I attempted. I attempted to pressure a pair birdies,” Korda mentioned. “I had an awesome little 8-iron into the par-5 fifteenth and takes the largest bounce I’ve ever seen and goes over the inexperienced.”
Whereas Henderson made her transfer early on the again 9, Ko bogeyed the eleventh and twelfth in a 72 that left her tied with Australia’s Hannah Inexperienced at 14 underneath. Ko was coming off a two-week break after ending seventh within the ANA Inspiration.
“Was powerful,” Ko mentioned. “Wind was tough on the market. … I could not deal with my recreation.”
Inexperienced eagled the 14th and birdied the par-5 fifteenth in a 66.
Main champions So Yeon Ryu (68) and Angela Stanford (70) tied for fifth at 12 underneath.