Brooke Henderson Wins Cambia Portland Classic
Brooke Henderson entered this week’s Cambia Portland Classic having two career LPGA wins, including this year’s Women’s PGA Championship. The other came at last season’s Cambia Classic. She was coming off two mediocre weeks, having missed the cut at the Arkansas Championship and tied for 21st at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Standing in her way of a repeat this week was a strong field including Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist.
Henderson showed her comfort with the course opening strong with a round of 65. Her seven-under par round put her two shots clear of Mariajo Uribe, Angela Stanford and Demi Rumas. At three shots off the pace were Carlota Ciganda, Ayako Uehara, Daniella Iacobelli,
Suzann Petterson shot the round of the week on Friday, recording a 64 for a total of eleven-under par at the halfway point. Three players shot a 66, including Cristina Kim, who struggled on Thursday to an opening round of 75. Mariajo Uribe matched her opening round of 67 to pull to within one of Petterson and Brooke Henderson, who finished with a round of 68.
Stacy Lewis, who remained relatively quiet at two-under par after 36 holes, moved up the leader board with an impressive round of 67 on Saturday. On the flip side, Petterson struggled to a 74 in the third round and sat at nine-under par. Mairajo Uribe continued to stay in the hunt with a one-under par 71, tied with Petterson. Everyone was chasing Brooke Henderson, who quietly put together a two-under par round 70 to lead by two with 18 holes to play.
Cristina Kim shot the round of the day on Sunday with a 66, but following a mediocre round on Saturday, finished at seven-under par and a tie for sixth. Scoring was down in general on Sunday, as contenders Suzann Petterson, Austin Ernst and Mariajo Uribe shot a combined four-over par. The tournament was Henderson’s to win, barring a collapse. While Henderson had a couple of bogeys, she managed three birdies and 13 pars for a 14-under par total and a three shot victory. The win was her second this season and third career on the LPGA tour.
The LPGA heads to San Martin, California for the U.S. Women’s Open. In Gee Chun, who was not in the field this week, is the defending champion.