Canada’s Brooke Henderson advances to the final round of the LPGA season-opening Tournament of Champions with a three-shot lead over America’s Nelly Korda and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka after she scored three under par 69 on Saturday.
Henderson led after all three rounds at Lake Nona, Orlando, and despite not reaching her level 66 on Friday, she still only had one bogey at par-12.
“Today I was not so smooth, but I feel that we fought well. I still hit the ball very well and gave myself a lot of opportunities, so there are no complaints, ”she said.
Henderson, who is looking forward to her 13th career win on the Tour, got off to a solid start with a birdie on second, but after failing on the 12th, she recovered with a birdie on the 16th.
“I didn’t do as many putts as I did on previous days, but the putter is still doing really well and I’m just really excited to be competing and back in the final groups,” she said.
Korda has been by Henderson’s side all week and continues to argue after recovering from the monster on the first hole and hitting an under-par 68.
The American got into a hot streak on the back nine with four birdies in five holes from 11th.
“I really didn’t hit very well in the front nine. I hit well. ft. Right here, it’s kind of a little problem,” she said.
“In the back nine, I kind of picked a target, a slightly more aggressive target, and really scored it, and I think that really helped.”
Hataoka spent all day with her six balls below par 66, pushing her into the frame on Sunday after an electric six-bird streak on the back nine.
“I was set, especially in the back nine. In the back nine, I didn’t hit the ball the way I wanted to,” said Hataoka, who has six wins on the tour.
“My game plan is to just keep doing what I’ve been able to do for the past three days, so hopefully I can do it again.”
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