It might get loud: Brooke Henderson eyes Canadian repeat, but Jin Young Ko stands in way – Golf Channel

It might get loud: Brooke Henderson eyes Canadian repeat, but Jin Young Ko stands in way - Golf Channel
Ko, Broch Larsen tied atop CP Womens Open
While most other 12-year-olds are a couple weeks shy of starting Grade 8, Michelle Liu is gearing up for day two of competition at the CP Womens Open where she shattered records as the youngest participant ever in the field.

Showing up and breaking records is simply not enough for the young star, shes actually disappointed with her first round score of nine-over 81 on Thursday. Talk about a true competitor.

“He kind of cheered me up a little bit. I think I tried to get back to even on the front nine. Going to the eighth tee I was trying to just make two birdies, get it back to even, and then see if I could go really low on the back.”

I would say, yeah, pretty disappointed about my score, Liu told Jon McCarthy of the Toronto Sun after her round.

Liu broke the record of youngest competitor previously held by defending champion and fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson, who was 14 years old when she set the record. Liu has gained quite the following around the course, where she stands out as the five-foot-tall kid with braces, casually smashing 250 yards off the tee.

Im happy that so many people are supporting me, she said. Im really glad Im able to experience this sort of support. Im definitely looking forward to hopefully playing a better round tomorrow.

Ko, winner of two major championships this year, is seeking her fourth win overall. The last LPGA player to win four times in a season was Lydia Ko in 2016.

Henderson storms back at CP Womens Open to stay in contention

Yeah, definitely bad chipping. I would say I dont expect much, but also expect to play something I think is my average score.

Video: Jin Young Ko Highlights in the Third Round of the 2019 CP Womens Open

With 96 of the top 100 players in the field in attendance, Liu has a lot to be proud of in her young career no matter where she finishes.

Wei-Ling Hsu was alone in fourth at 13 under after posting a 65. Amy Olson, Nasa Hataoka and Pajaree Anannarukarn were in a group at 12 under.

She has another opportunity to chip away at her nine-over score, as she teed off this morning at 7:48 am at Magna Golf Club for the CP Womens Open second round.

Lower down the leaderboard were Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., Valerie Tanguay of Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C., Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont., Brigitte Thibault of Rosemere, Que., Casey Ward of Picton, Ont., Celeste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-LIle-Perrot, Que., and Charlottetowns Lorie Kane.

Canadian Brooke Henderson hits her approach shot on the 16th hole during second round of the CP Womens Open in Aurora, Ont., on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. (Nathan Denette / CP)

Shes very focused, very level-headed, said Lucy, whos entering her junior season at Yale University. Shes not a player whos easily intimidated either by the field or by the course itself. I feel like that has always been very crucial to her success.

AURORA, Ont. — Brooke Henderson was off to a rough start at the CP Women’s Open, struggling to read the swirling winds at Magna Golf Club.

It was very, very self-driven, Lucy said. Shes a hard-working, persevering 12-year-old. It wasnt so much I had to encourage her to go to practice. She was there earlier than I was and staying later than I was. So honestly, Ive been inspired by her.

She had started the day in a three-way tie for third, just three shots back of second-round leader Nicole Broch Larsen. But after bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6, it seemed like Henderson had played herself out of Canada’s national championship on Saturday and would not be able to defend her crown.

Playing partners Austin Ernst and Jennifer Kupcho were able to reach par-5s in two. Liu, who normally plays courses about 1,000 yards shorter, couldnt match their length and instead tried to set up for birdie putts rather than eagle attempts.

"I felt like I was playing decent golf, but it just wasn’t really going my way," said the 21-year-old Henderson. "Then on the seventh green a little boy gave me a high five and then he continued that the rest of the round.

I think itll take a few days to digest, he said. The biggest thing is that shes seeing how some of the best players play. She can gauge her performance against theirs and get some reference on what shes working towards.

"He kind of cheered me up a little bit. I think I tried to get back to even on the front nine. Going to the eighth tee I was trying to just make two birdies, get it back to even, and then see if I could go really low on the back."

Liu birdied the par-3 13th hole and had six bogeys and two double-bogeys on her first trip around the 6,709-yard track. She started bogey/double-bogey Friday before settling in for a round that included nine pars and six more bogeys.

Henderson fired three-straight birdies after that high five, shooting 9-under par on her last 10 holes. Her 7-under 65 round closed the gap to finish the day just two shots back of co-leaders Broch Larsen and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko.

Ko, No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, had a clean scorecard Saturday at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario, recording seven birdies in her 7-under-par 65. Larsen had five birdies and a bogey on 10, but made up for her only mistake of the day with an eagle on the par-5 14th. She shot 66.

It was a miraculous comeback after Henderson trailed Broch Larsen by as many as eight shots and had slid back into 20th on the leaderboard.

Canadian Brooke Henderson trails the leaders by two strokes at 16 under. Henderson, who began the day at 9 under, stumbled early with bogeys on 4 and 6, but got on track beginning with the eighth hole. Henderson made seven birdies — five on the back nine — and an eagle on 12.

"I can’t really remember the last time I was in the 20s through nine holes," said the native of Smiths Falls, Ont. "I think just taking into tomorrow, if I can try to keep this momentum and energy that I had on the last few holes, hopefully maybe hit it a little bit better off the tee, hit it a little closer, and hopefully my putter can bail me out."

Wei-Ling Hsu is at 13 under followed by a three-way tie of Nasa Hataoka, Amy Olson and Pajaree Anannarukarn at 12 under.

No. 12 was also a key hole for Henderson. After a precise layup got her near the pin she drained a 10-foot putt for an eagle on the 513-yard par 5.

Jin Young Ko and Nicole Broch Larsen share the lead at 18 under in the third round at the CP Womens Open.

"I was 1 under on the day at that point and I was feeling a lot better about myself than 2 over," said Henderson. "Once I made that eagle it just gave me a lot of energy and birdied the next two holes, and then just kind of periodically coming in."

Video: Brooke Henderson Highlights in the Third Round of the 2019 CP Womens Open

Broch Larsen and Ko were in the final pairing for the day and were focused on their own duel, essentially playing a one-on-one match. Broch Larsen had her third straight 6-under 66 at the tournament and Ko has a 7-under 65 to put them both at 18 under overall, two shots ahead of Henderson.

Although both of them were zeroed in on their own performances, Broch Larsen said they both knew something was up in the group ahead of them, judging purely from crowd reactions.

"We could definitely hear those roars coming in on the back nine," said Broch Larsen after handing in her scorecard. "Every time they went a little bit louder than normal I knew Brooke made a birdie.

She had started the day in a three-way tie for third, just three shots back of second-round leader Nicole Broch Larsen. But after bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6, it seemed like Henderson had played herself out of Canada's national championship on Saturday and would not be able to defend her crown.

"I don’t know what she’s at but I knew she had a rough start and she had a good back nine, I guess."

Broch Larsen and Ko were in the final pairing for the day and were focused on their own duel, essentially playing a one-on-one match. Broch Larsen had her third straight 6-under 66 at the tournament and Ko has a 7-under 65 to put them both at 18 under overall, two shots ahead of Henderson.

Henderson was the first Canadian to win the CP Women’s Open in 45 years when she triumphed at Wascana Country Club in Regina last year. If Henderson’s victorious on Sunday, she’ll become only the third player in the tournament’s history to win back-to-back titles, joining Lydia Ko (2012, 2013) and Pat Bradley (1985, 1986).

"I’m really far from that. It’s going to a long 18 holes," said Henderson, who will be in the final group with Ko and Broch Larsen on Sunday. "I’m not even in the lead, so it doesn’t really look likely. At the same time, I feel like if I can make a lot birdies and kind of get the momentum my way, you never know what can happen."

Reigning champion Brooke Henderson stays in contention at CP Womens Open

Quebec City’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay, the other Canadian left in the field, shot a 1-under 71 to improve to 5-under overall.

Tanguay bogeyed the par-4 third hole before picking up birdies on two of her next three holes. She bogeyed the 10th but got the stroke back with a birdie on the 12th hole.


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