Henderson In The Hunt In Thailand Through 54 – Shares 4th Place

The only thing hotter than the weather yesterday at the Honda LPGA Thailand was the play by the best LPGA players in the world. Canada’s Brooke Henderson did her part, following opening rounds of 65 and 67 with a 66 to reach -18 with one round left on the schedule.

“It’s been so hot. I think today was the hottest I’ve ever been in my life, so just trying to adjust to that a little bit,” said the Canadian about temperatures in Pattaya that crested near 42c on Saturday with the humidity factored in.

Playing alongside Minjee Lee and Carlota Ciganda in round three, the trio were in full flight but it was Henderson, seeking her 11th LPGA TOUR win, that really excelled by the end of the day. Lee and Ciganda both roared out of the blocks with scores of 31 a piece on the front side, leaving Henderson to try and keep up.

“I had a really great group today,” remarked Henderson after the round. “We were really going low, especially on the front nine, so I was just trying it keep up with them at that point.”

While Lee and Ciganda were five under on their opening sides, Henderson was no slouch at three under, and continued her pace while the others fell back to post 67 and 71, respectfully.

“Then on back nine I was able to make a few more birdies, which was really nice. And unfortunately missed that eagle putt on the last. That would’ve been great to finish the day with one more shot in my favor, but hopefully just go out tomorrow and birdie the first couple holes.”

Brooke turned in a 66 on the day, with just a single bogey on her card, on the 16th hole. She is happy with how she is performing. That a continuation of her form this year that has yield a 2nd, two ties for 6th and a tie for 11th in her four 2022 starts.

“I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball really well, which is nice. So far been able to make some putts, too, which is always a good feeling.”

Heading into the final round, Brooke is three shots back of the leader, Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark. She will close the week in the penultimate group alongside Gaby Lopez and Nasa Hataoka, who are also at -18.

Asked what she needs to do to catch and surpass the field, Henderson was fairly blunt in her assessment.

“I think just keep doing what we’re doing. Try to make a lot of birdies. Unless you’re going really far under par, you know, you’re kind of getting left behind.

So just try to go out, hopefully have a good start, and hopefully it’ll be a good day.”

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