Brooke Henderson Gains Ground; Trails By Just One In New Zealand

Brooke and Brittany Henderson - Photo: Photosport New Zealand

Saturday is moving day on Tour and Brooke Henderson stuck to the script.

Tied for 2nd, but trailing leader Belen Mozo by five shots through 36 holes at the Mckayson New Zealand Women’s Open, the Canadian put her head down and got to work.

The result was a round of just 67 strokes  (-5) for Henderson over the Windross Farm Golf Course near Auckland, putting her just one shot back of Mozo (71 in round 3) with eighteen holes left on the schedule.

In her third round Henderson was bogey-free (as she was in round 2) and now sits at -14, total. It was boosted by a late day surge that saw her make three birdies on the back nine. She was also credited with another on the 15th hole at one point, giving her three on a row, but that was soon corrected to a par.

“I am extremely happy with my 5-under especially with no bogies on the card because it was really tough conditions, with the wind really picking up especially on our back nine,” said Henderson.

“I am excited to be in the spot I am in right now and hopefully I can go out tomorrow and make a lot more birdies and see what happens.

“My chipping was probably the key today. I got up-and-down a bunch of times especially early in the round that kept me in it.”

Sharp Moves

The only other Canadian to make the cut, Alena Sharp, also had a sparkling third round. Her 66 (-6) boosted her into a share of 31st place.

Both players will be in for a stern test on Sunday for the final round, as will the entire field. Forecasted strong winds and rains have prompted tournament officials to move up tee times. This will allow them to have a better chance to get the event completed on time in the event of delays.

It could potentially also make the conclusion a very tumultuous one.

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