Brooke Henderson took a wild ride Sunday, with six bogeys, five birdies and an eagle, but her one-under 71 landed her in a tie for 11th when all was said and done at the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont.
“Today was a really tough day,” said Henderson.
“Conditions were extremely difficult. The wind was blowing. The greens dried out. The fairways dried out, as well. You had to pick different lines and land the ball 15 yards short, sometimes, of the pin, which we’re not necessarily used to,” she said.
“So it took a lot of patience out there and a lot of consistency with your shots. You know, I did that pretty well. Obviously, a little bit disappointed, but T11, I can’t complain too much,” she added.
“I feel like my game is so close to being so, so great. I make eagle there on 16 and that could have changed my day completely at that point. Maybe, I make a birdie coming in, and then all of a sudden, I’m in the top 10,” said Henderson.
That didn’t happen and Henderson finished all four rounds at 11 under to finish as low Canadian as the tournament ended in a three-way tie between Ariya Jutanugarn, In Gee Chun and Lexi Thompson, who all finished at 17 under, before Jutanugarn won on the first playoff hole. That should have her on top of the women’s world rankings by Monday.
Alena Sharp, who was the co-leader Friday evening and went into the final round just three shots back, shot a four-over 76 and tied for 15th, one shot back of Henderson.
Sharp bogeyed the first and seventh holes, before taking a double on 18.
“I hit it left and it’s not a hazard, so I had to take an unplayable. It was too far in there – it was behind a rock – for me to even try to chip it out,” said Sharp.
“I tried to drop just to see, because there was fluffy rough, but it didn’t stay in the rough. It ran into the weeds and chipped it out. I took a chance to see, maybe, if it stops on the hill. Then, I can get it on the green and make bogey,” she said.
“The course is a little bit firmer, just from the winds from (Saturday) and the heat today, so that played a little bit difficult, but I thought the pins were a little bit more gettable today. (Saturday), we had a couple downwind pins in the front and you just can’t get it close,” she said.
“I played well today actually. I played better today than yesterday. Just hit one bad shot on the last and didn’t make any putts, so it’s kind of not sitting well at this moment,” said Sharp.
“The fan support was amazing. My family was here. I love playing in front of them, just to have a chance to win was awesome,” she added.
Brittany Marchand, who regularly plays the Symetra Tour and was tied for ninth going into Sunday’s final round, shot an 81 and tied for 46th at three under.
The final leaderboard is here.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Sandra Post offers her final thoughts on the Manulife LPGA Classic here.