Perhaps, it was a good omen for Sunday, but while the rest of the field struggled in the wind at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, Brooke Henderson came through with her best score so far this week at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, highlighted by a chip-in on her last hole on Saturday.
“I was trying to find a birdie there on 18, but kind of mis-hit my approach shot there, but was able to come back with a nice chip-in and make the day feel a little bit better than it was,” said Henderson.
“I’m really close and my game is close to being really good, I just have to stay patient and keep doing what I’m doing,” she said.
Doing what she’s doing has earned Henderson eight consecutive top-10 finishes this season, seven of them on the LPGA Tour and she goes into Sunday’s final round with a chance to add to those numbers as she’s tied for fourth.
At five under after three rounds, a victory would require Henderson to erase the five-shot deficit she faced after Saturday’s round, but she does have a 68.5 final round scoring average at LPGA events so far this year.
Add to that the fact that wind is supposed to be a considerable factor on Sunday, so it remains to be seen who the gusts will favour, but Henderson played through it well on Saturday, when she posted a bogey-free, three-under 69.
“Yesterday was much stronger, but today on, I’d say, four or five holes it was kind of tunneling and it was really strong,” said Henderson.
“I made some really good up-and-downs to kind of save my round and kind of keep me going, which I think was really important, and my short game was really good all day and, even on 18, chipping in was really helpful,” she said.
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