It’s all go for January after the R&A and USGA published their finalised Rules of Golf. So what’s coming in? Steve Carroll outlines the changes.
Brooke Henderson wins LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic
Three weeks after breaking her major duck the 18-year-old Canadian made it back-to-back titles here. She joins Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth as the third player to defend and she did it by four shots over a back on-song Stacy Lewis.
Henderson went wire-to-wire after opening up with a 65 and she closed with a 71 to stay ahead of Mariajo Uribe who collapsed late on with a pair of double-bogeys to finish. Uribe eventually tied for fourth, Suzann Pettersen had a promising week ahead of the US Open with her third-place finish.
Uribe ran into trouble on the par-5 12th hole with a bogey while Henderson birdied, at the time the pair were level.
What Henderson said: “To repeat and try to defend a championship for the first time and be able to do it is, I think, a really big deal. Third win on the LPGA Tour is really cool.
“I didn’t really play my best, but I hit good shots when I needed to and got some good breaks, too.
“That’s always really nice. It was really tight all day until I looked at the scoreboard on 17 and saw that I was going to have quite a big lead going into the last hole. That was definitely very comforting. It was kind of a weird day of golf. I hit some really good shots and hit some really bad shots, but, like, it all worked out.”