Brooke Henderson wins LPGA Tour event in New Zealand

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls won the weather-delayed New Zealand Women’s Open on Monday, finishing off a 3-under 69 for a five-stroke victory.

The 20-year-old Canadian led by four shots after six holes when the final round was suspended Sunday after a day of heavy rain, high wind and threatened lightning strikes. She returned Monday morning to the Windross Farm course east of Auckland and easily held off China’s Jing Yan (71) for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth overall.

Henderson finished at 17-under-par 271. She also won the Meijer LPGA Classic in June in Michigan.

“I was feeling pretty comfortable out there and I was just trying to keep it at minus 17 as long as I could,” Henderson said after receiving the trophy, the $195,000 winner’s cheque and a ceremonial feather cloak presented by Indigenous Maori. “I had a couple of bogeys, but made a lot of birdies and it was probably some of the best golf I’ve played in a while.

“I’m super excited to win outside North America for the first time and glad it could be here in New Zealand.”

The weather remained troublesome Monday, with strong winds making scoring difficult. Henderson mastered the conditions, birdieing three of the first five holes and turning for home five shots clear of the field.

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