Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario became only the second women’s golfer ever to win the Canadian Women’s Open golf tournament on Sunday at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, Saskatchewan. Henderson shot a sizzling -21 over the four days to beat Angel Yin of the United States by four strokes.
Henderson had a magnificent final 36 holes this past weekend. On Saturday, she began the day at -12 and one shot back of leader Amy Yang of South Korea. However in round three, Henderson took the lead with a two under par 70 to move to -14. She ended Saturday with a one shot lead over Yin and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka (who were at -13), a two shot lead over world number one Sung Hyun Park of South Korea and a three shot lead over Australian Su Oh and American Austin Ernst, who were tied for fifth after round three at -11.
In the fourth and final round, Henderson had three birdies and two bogeys after the first seven holes to go to -15. However in the final 10 holes, she had six birdies to go to -21. Henderson’s -21 was the third highest winning score in the history of the Canadian Women’s Open. So-yeon Ryu of South Korea had a winning score of -23 in 2014 in London, Ontario and Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand had a winning score of -23 in 2016 in Calgary, Alberta. It should be noted that Na Yeon Choi of South Korea also shot a four round score of -21 in 2014, but lost by two strokes to Ryu.
Henderson becomes the second Canadian golfer ever to win the Canadian Women’s Open. Jocelyne Bourassa of Shawinigan, Quebec won the event in 1973 in Montreal, Quebec.