Adam Hadwin and Brooke Henderson in contention

Brooke Henderson (Mary Beth Lacy, Wikimedia Commons)

Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario are each in final round contention on the weekend PGA and LPGA stops respectively.

Hadwin enters the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic in La Quinta, California trailing Phil Mickelson of the United States by only two strokes. Hadwin is at -20 and Mickelson is at -22. Meanwhile, Henderson enters the final round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Walt Disney World, Florida in third place at -12. She is one stroke back of leaders Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Ji Eun-hee of South Korea, who are each at -13.

It is extremely rare to have a Canadian in contention for a tournament title on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour on the same weekend. Henderson has seven tournament titles and Hadwin has one. Henderson’s wins came at the 2015 and 2016 Cambia Portland Classic, the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Henderson’s only major title), the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic, the 2017 McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open, the 2018 Lotte Championship in Hawaii and the 2018 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Regina, Saskatchewan. Hadwin’s lone win came at the 2017 Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida where he beat Patrick Cantlay of the United States by a stroke.

However if Hadwin and Henderson win on Sunday, they will have to get by major winners themselves. Ji won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open. Ko won the 2015 Evian Championship and the 2016 ANA Inspiration. Mickelson has won three Masters, one PGA Championship and one British Open.


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