Meijer LPGA Classic R3

History on the line for Brooke Henderson

June 13-16
Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Brooke Henderson started the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give with a three-stroke lead over her nearest competitor and with only two players within six strokes of her lead. By the time she stepped to the 16th tee, it had all evaporated, as Henderson found herself in a four-way tie for the lead at -16 with Lexi Thompson , Annie Park and Brittany Altomare .


At even-par on her round through 15 holes, Henderson wasn’t necessarily playing poorly. She’d just plain been caught, with Thompson having finished a lights-out 10-under 62 six groups ahead and her fellow competitors Park and Altomare both sitting several strokes under par.

“I kind of found it hard to find my rhythm during the middle part of the round,” said Henderson. “I kind of got started batting third and that’s never a good sign.”

On that 16th hole, everything changed for Henderson. A 5-foot birdie got her started on No. 16 and she followed that up with another birdie at No. 17. A third birdie, this one from inside 3 feet, at No. 18 capped a remarkable final three holes for the 21-year-old Canadian, who pulled two strokes clear of the field heading into Sunday’s final round.

“It was a little bit up and down, but to finish with those three birdies was really nice,” said Henderson, who won the 2019 LOTTE Championship in April. “Kind of made my round feel a little bit better. Just happy. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well and giving myself a lot of great looks, which is exciting.”


If Henderson takes the win tomorrow, she could rewrite the Canadian golf history books. A win would be her ninth, moving her one clear of Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson as the winningest Canadian golfer on the LPGA or PGA Tours. But as to be expected, Henderson is not looking past the task ahead of her.

“Of course that’s in the back of your mind, but it’s long from over,” said Henderson. “There’s so many great players close to the top of the leaderboard. And this course, you know there’s a lot of birdies out there, so it’s going to take a low score. So hopefully I can just continue to hit good shots and give myself a chance for the win.”

Lexi Thompson’s just getting warmed up

Just one week after her win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, Lexi Thompson finds herself again in contention heading into the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. The 2015 champion at Blythefield Country Club started the round 10 strokes behind Brooke Henderson in a tie for 19th but Thompson took advantage of the many birdie opportunities today in her third-round 62.

“There’s a lot of birdies out there,” said Thompson, who had 10 birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the day. “You can fire at a lot more pins just because of how soft it is playing. But the rough is up pretty thick, so you just have to keep it in the fairways and you know you can have birdie chances.”


It’s been feast or famine in Thompson’s last six starts, with a win, three other top-three finishes and two missed cuts in that stretch. Today’s success? It all started with a good warm-up routine.

“I had a good warm up on the range, felt good about my game,” said Thompson. “You know, the last two days I haven’t struck it to my capability and what I’ve been working on in my game, but today, it kind of all fell together. I had a good warm up and just felt good and came out relaxed and started off with a birdie and from there it just kind of went.”


Annie Parks hopes to be chased in final round

Annie Park has missed five cuts in her last six starts, even failing to defend her title at last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, where she became a Rolex First-Time winner in 2018. This week, she enters the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic just two strokes behind Brooke Henderson ‘s lead. 

“I woke up early this morning just to finish the last hole. Made a birdie and it was a great start,” said Park, who arrived early on Saturday morning to finish the final hole of her second round. “Our group did try to finish [on Friday], but it was getting dark and we were like, ‘We’ll just come back tomorrow.’ I already made my eagle putt on 17 and I was like, ‘maybe I should play in the dark more often’ because I went birdie, eagle, birdie,”

Starting the day off with that closing second-round birdie on No. 9, Park continued play on Saturday carding seven birdies en route to her third-round 65.

“Overall it’s been good with shots, short game, putting,” said Park, who made 25 putts on Saturday. “Hopefully I can keep that momentum going on for tomorrow and maybe some more birdies would be great. Can’t wait. I like the position of chasing the leader, but hopefully tomorrow at one point, I could end up with maybe being chased, so we’ll see.”

With a win…

Brooke Henderson would earn her ninth career LPGA Tour victory and become the winningest Canadian golfer in the history of the LPGA and PGA Tours; she is currently tied with Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson with eight victories

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With the $300,000 winner’s check, Henderson would move to $5,765,641 in career earnings and jump from No. 57 to No. 48 on the Career Money List

Henderson or Lexi Thompson would become the first multiple winner of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Henderson won in 2017 and Thompson won in 2015

Annie Park would earn her second career LPGA Tour victory

With the $300,000 winner’s check, Park would move to $1,227,466 in career earnings and become the 263rd player to cross the $1 million threshold

Lexi Thompson would earn her 11th career LPGA Tour victory and move into a tie for 43rd on the All-Time Wins list, joining Clifford Ann Creed, Fay Crocker, Shirley Englehorn, Jane Geddes, Ruth Jessen and Stacy Lewis

Thompson would win her second consecutive tournament, joining last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; the last player to win in consecutive weeks was Shanshan Feng, who won the 2017 TOTO Japan Classic and 2017 Blue Bay LPGA

Thompson would have her fourth multiple-win season, joining 2013, 2015 and 2017

Brittany Altomare would become the season’s fourth Rolex First-Time Winner, joining Celine Boutier, Bronte Law and Jeongeun Lee6


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brooke M. Henderson
-19
64
64
69
197
2
Annie Park
-17
69
65
65
199
T3
Lexi Thompson
-16
70
68
62
200
T3
Brittany Altomare
-16
66
65
69
200
5
Jennifer Kupcho
-15
67
67
67
201
T6
Su Oh
-14
69
69
64
202
T6
Morgan Pressel
-14
67
70
65
202
T6
Madelene Sagstrom
-14
67
70
65
202
T9
Alena Sharp
-13
67
72
64
203
T9
Nasa Hataoka
-13
68
68
67
203
T11
Lauren Stephenson
-11
69
70
66
205
T11
Chella Choi
-11
70
68
67
205
T11
Danielle Kang
-11
69
68
68
205
T11
Moriya Jutanugarn
-11
69
67
69
205
T15
Minjee Lee
-10
71
69
66
206
T15
In Gee Chun
-10
70
70
66
206
T15
Mariah Stackhouse
-10
70
69
67
206
T15
Nelly Korda
-10
68
69
69
206
T15
Megan Khang
-10
70
66
70
206
T20
Kristen Gillman
-9
71
70
66
207
T20
Inbee Park
-9
70
70
67
207
T20
Lydia Ko
-9
72
67
68
207
T20
Sakura Yokomine
-9
69
70
68
207
T20
Gemma Dryburgh
-9
73
64
70
207
T20
So Yeon Ryu
-9
69
68
70
207
T20
Jin Young Ko
-9
68
69
70
207
T20
Angela Stanford
-9
68
68
71
207
T28
Mina Harigae
-8
68
72
68
208
T28
Celine Boutier
-8
69
70
69
208
T28
Maria Torres
-8
69
69
70
208
T28
Shanshan Feng
-8
68
70
70
208
T32
Muni He
-7
71
72
66
209
T32
Haeji Kang
-7
69
74
66
209
T32
Sarah Schmelzel
-7
72
69
68
209
T32
Sarah Burnham
-7
68
72
69
209
T32
Sung Hyun Park
-7
68
70
71
209
T32
Xiyu Lin
-7
68
70
71
209
T38
Jessica Korda
-6
76
67
67
210
T38
Azahara Munoz
-6
72
70
68
210
T38
Lee Lopez
-6
68
74
68
210
T38
Katherine Kirk
-6
72
68
70
210
T38
Clariss Guce
-6
70
69
71
210
T38
Aditi Ashok
-6
71
65
74
210
T44
Mi Jung Hur
-5
73
70
68
211
T44
Laetitia Beck
-5
73
70
68
211
T44
Mel Reid
-5
70
73
68
211
T44
Caroline Hedwall
-5
72
70
69
211
T44
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
-5
68
73
70
211
T44
Karen Chung
-5
69
70
72
211
T44
Jenny Shin
-5
66
73
72
211
T44
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-5
68
69
74
211
T52
Jenny Haglund
-4
71
71
70
212
T52
Elizabeth Szokol
-4
71
71
70
212
T52
Lizette Salas
-4
68
74
70
212
T52
Gerina Piller
-4
71
70
71
212
T52
Ashleigh Buhai
-4
65
76
71
212
T52
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
71
69
72
212
T52
Jeongeun Lee6
-4
70
70
72
212
T52
Caroline Masson
-4
70
70
72
212
T60
Dani Holmqvist
-3
75
68
70
213
T60
Brittany Lang
-3
71
72
70
213
T60
Youngin Chun
-3
68
75
70
213
T60
Jennifer Song
-3
68
75
70
213
T60
Brianna Do
-3
70
72
71
213
T60
Mi Hyang Lee
-3
72
69
72
213
T60
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-3
69
72
72
213
T60
Jeong Eun Lee
-3
67
74
72
213
T60
Kendall Dye
-3
67
72
74
213
T60
Katherine Perry
-3
66
71
76
213
T70
Isi Gabsa
-2
72
71
71
214
T70
Kris Tamulis
-2
71
70
73
214
T70
Karine Icher
-2
70
69
75
214
T73
Lindy Duncan
-1
70
73
72
215
T73
Jaclyn Lee
-1
71
71
73
215
T73
Jing Yan
-1
73
68
74
215
T76
Kristy McPherson
E
69
73
74
216
T76
Cristie Kerr
E
70
71
75
216
T78
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
1
72
71
74
217
T78
Marissa Steen
1
71
71
75
217
T78
Louise Ridderstrom
1
67
74
76
217
T78
Hee Young Park
1
68
72
77
217
82
Alana Uriell
3
69
73
77
219
CUT
Dottie Ardina
E
74
70
CUT
Ruixin Liu
E
73
71
CUT
Daniela Darquea
E
72
72
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
72
72
CUT
Yu Liu
E
72
72
CUT
Stephanie Meadow
E
72
72
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
E
71
73
CUT
Ally Geer-Park (a)
E
71
73
CUT
Sarah Kemp
E
71
73
CUT
Mirim Lee
E
71
73
CUT
Klara Spilkova
E
71
73
CUT
Na Yeon Choi
E
70
74
CUT
Celine Herbin
E
70
74
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan
E
70
74
CUT
Mariajo Uribe
E
67
77
CUT
Brittany Marchand
1
76
69
CUT
Aneka Seumanutafa (a)
1
74
71
CUT
Dori Carter
1
73
72
CUT
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
73
72
CUT
Peiyun Chien
1
72
73
CUT
Christina Kim
1
72
73
CUT
Gaby Lopez
1
72
73
CUT
Alison Lee
1
70
75
CUT
Lee-Anne Pace
1
70
75
CUT
Sophia Popov
2
75
71
CUT
Luna Sobron
2
74
72
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
2
73
73
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
2
71
75
CUT
Hannah Green
2
70
76
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
2
70
76
CUT
Joanna Klatten
2
69
77
CUT
P.K. Kongkraphan
2
69
77
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
3
78
69
CUT
Eun-Hee Ji
3
74
73
CUT
Linnea Strom
3
74
73
CUT
Tiffany Joh
3
73
74
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
3
72
75
CUT
Sandra Gal
3
72
75
CUT
Becca Huffer
3
71
76
CUT
Jackie Stoelting
4
75
73
CUT
Anne van Dam
4
74
74
CUT
Emily Pedersen
4
73
75
CUT
Maddie McCrary
5
76
73
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
5
75
74
CUT
Laura Diaz
5
73
76
CUT
Jimin Kang
5
73
76
CUT
Cheyenne Knight
6
80
70
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
6
77
73
CUT
Stephanie Lau (a)
6
76
74
CUT
Gabrielle Shipley
6
73
77
CUT
Robyn Choi
7
78
73
CUT
Kim Kaufman
7
74
77
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
7
72
79
CUT
Tiffany Chan
8
78
74
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
8
78
74
CUT
Cindy LaCrosse
8
77
75
CUT
Lori Beth Adams
8
72
80
CUT
Lauren Kim
9
73
80
CUT
Louise Stahle
11
78
77
CUT
Laura Davies
11
77
78
CUT
Selena Costabile
12
76
80
WD
Haru Nomura
71
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