Brooke Henderson has a legitimate shot at winning a second career major championship on Sunday.
The twenty-four-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario had a three-shot lead through 36 holes at the Amundi Evian Championship and has a two-stroke advantage through Saturday after posting a round of 68 (-3) that was marred by just a single bogey, one she recorded on her first hole of the day.
After that Henderson’s game was very steady, mostly thanks to a near-bulletproof putter, something she leaned on to make some very critical and testing par saves throughout the round at the Evian Resort in Evian-les-Bain, Haute-Savoie, France. She has yet to make a three-putt his week, remarkable on the heavily sloped greens. Unfortunately she did miss a three-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole that would have padded her advantage.
“Those clutch par saves on the back felt really nice, Brooke shared afterward. ”Disappointed I didn’t make as many birdies today, but hopefully just fix that tomorrow. Obviously great position going into Sunday, which is always a lot of fun. Hopefully just have a great day tomorrow.”
At one one point Henderson built up a five-shot lead over the field but that was cut to just two by the end of the day by So Yeon Ryu, who she will play with in the final round.
At -17 total (64-64-68), Henderson will be chasing her 12th career LPGA title on Sunday (and second of the year) and her first major championship victory since winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2016, at age 18.
Brooke has two previous top-ten finishes at the Evian Championship; she tied for 13th in 2021.