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Brooke Henderson Earns 4th Career Win at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Brooke Henderson Earns 4th Career Win at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

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Brooke Henderson managed to hold off all challengers Sunday as she captured her fourth LPGA Tour title at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

Henderson, who had some of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour chasing her all day including Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson, fired a bogey-free 3-under-par 66 (as the par-5 5th hole was once again converted to a par 3 because of standing water in the fairway).

“Just super excited right now,” said Henderson. “I played really steady golf today, and that putt on No.16 was really huge. Especially looking back now, it’s even bigger than what I thought it was. It’s really cool to be able to make those putts under pressure. The leaderboard is packed. There are so many great names up there, so to finish on top is really exciting.”

Henderson was close to perfect tee-to-green Sunday hitting 11 of 12 fairways and missing only two greens all day.

“It was really tough today. To shoot 3-under and I don’t think I had any bogeys today either, which was great. The wind really picked up. I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18th green,” she said. “Super happy and I’m just glad it’s done and I finally have my fourth win.”

The 19-year-old celebrated Father’s Day with her sister Brittany (her full-time caddy) and parents Dave and Darlene Henderson who were both on site for the victory.

Lexi Thompson shot even-par in the final round and fell two shots short of winner Brooke Henderson in her bid for her second title of 2017. It was Thompson’s second consecutive runner-up finish and her fourth of the season.

“It’s difficult every time you tee it up,” Thompson said. “Golf isn’t the easiest of sports, but you really just have to focus on just doing your best and put in the work on your off weeks and just come out here and just try and do your best. It’s all you can do. But you have the best players in the world every time you tee it up, so you know you have to play well to win.”

Michelle Wie finished as the co-runner-up with Lexi Thompson in what was her best result since her last victory at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. Wie is having a resurgent season with five top-6 finishes in 12 starts, and looks prime to play her way onto the U.S. Solheim Cup team – she now ranks 8th in the standings with seven qualifying events remaining.

In windy conditions, Wie finished with a final round of 4-under par to cap a week with all four rounds in the 60s.

“It was a lot of fun,” Wie said. “It was tough out there. I mean the wind just started blowing and it was just interesting. Some spots are really wet, some spots are dry, but overall I felt like I played good this week and I’m happy about it.”

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