After a blazing start on Sunday Brooke Henderson had a win in her sights at the LPGA JTBC Founders Cup. Unfortunately her putter cooled off and Sei Young Kim heated up, in a record way.
Henderson recorded her 4th LPGA top-ten finish in a row (and 5th overall including an LET appearance) in the Arizona desert, completing play at -19 (68,69,65,67). Her total included 27 birdies for the week.
She burst out at the start on Sunday by going 5 under par in the first eight holes to get within two strokes of the lead but slowed down near the turn with a bogey on the 9th hole.
Despite the time near the top of the leaderboard Henderson knew he had a lot of ground to make up after the first round when her 68 (-4) actually left her six strokes off the lead after just eighteen holes.
Asked to assess the week after the final putt dropped she knew that the slow start hurt her in the end. “Good week.,” Henderson commented about the overall finish, “You know, I kind of got off to a pretty solid start, 4-under, but I was really far behind right after the first day, so I was kind of clawing my way back and trying to get to the top of the leaderboard, and yesterday was an awesome day and today was another solid round.”
With low scoring happening at a dizzying pace, it did not go unnoticed by the Canadian pro who tried to stay in the moment.
“I looked up at the scoreboard a couple of times this week and I was like, wow, that’s really good shooting,” she commented. “And you just gotta focus on your own game and trying to, you know, the cliché, hit every shot at a time and just try to focus on what you can do.”
The 269 total by Henderson garnered her a share of 4th place alongside Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Eun-Hee Ji, and Megan Khang. It added (USD) $54,379 to her 2016 LPGA earnings, bringing them to $261,824.
The finish boosted Henderson to 6th place in the season-long Race To The CME Globe points list and she is now 6th on the 2016 LPGA Tour money list.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp closed with a 69 to tie for 28th place (73, 68, 64, 69).
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Quebec tied for 71st.
South Korea’s Sei Young Kim tied Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA record score of -27 for 72 holes on her way to the JTBC Founders Cup victory. It included a ten under-par final round of 62 with no dropped shots.