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When she reached the midway point of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tied for 14th and four shots off the lead on Friday , Brooke Henderson said she was feeling a lot more comfortable at Aronimink Golf Club.
After a roller coaster ride through the second round, including an untimely bogey on her final hole, Henderson was hoping the bogeys were out of her system on the Donald Ross design near Philadelphia.
That hope turned into reality in Saturday’s third round as Henderson fired a bogey free, five under 65 that has her tied for low round of the tournament thus far, as she put up four birdies on her first nine holes.
.@BrookeHenderson's first seven holes:
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“I’m really happy with how today went. I was able to make some birdies early and that was a really nice feeling, making the turn at four under and nice to climb up the leaderboard as much as I did and I’m excited for the opportunity (Sunday),” said Henderson.
“A couple were actually pretty close tap-ins and the other ones were, I guess, 15 feet or so, so I was making it a little bit easy on myself, I guess, giving myself a lot of good looks,” she said.
“I made a couple clutch par saves too on the front nine that really kept my round going and then, on the back nine I felt like I gave myself a lot of good looks, didn’t capitalize as much as I would have liked, but overall, can’t complain and happy moving into (Sunday),” she added.
Another birdie for @BrookeHenderson and she's within ✌️ of the lead 🇨🇦
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At two shots off the lead, she’s tied for second going into Sunday’s finale as she pursues her 10th LPGA Tour win and second major title after winning this event in 2016 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
“It definitely changed my life, 18 years old and it was only my second win on tour, so it was really a huge highlight for me and still is. Just sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’m a major champion, but definitely in times like this, it gives me a little bit of confidence and I’m excited to try to do it again,” said Henderson.
“I just love this tournament. Coming back, I just have so many great memories of playing in this event and just every year I feel like I love the golf courses. They’re just beautiful and I feel like maybe they suit my eye every year, which is a great feeling,” she added.
With Sei Young Kim leading at seven under, only 10 players are under par through three rounds at Aronimink, which Henderson will continue to approach with respect on Sunday, even after her bogey free third round.
Just as she did on Friday, Henderson believes patience will go a long way.
“It is so beautiful here. I was in awe the first couple days that I was here. It’s just a great golf course. It’s really difficult, as well,” said Henderson.
“I think the greens are probably the biggest challenge, just trying to hit smart shots into them and then, even though you’re in the middle of the green, it’s not an easy two-putt. You’ve really got to think your way around this course,” she said.
“I feel like I’m just a little bit more familiar with the course. I feel like our strategy that (sister/caddie Brittany) and I came up with has been working pretty well so far and hopefully, we can just continue that into (Sunday). Hopefully, we can continue to judge the wind and the weather conditions, as well,” she said.
“I definitely think you just have to be really smart. Some holes I don’t think you can ever really attack. Other ones, given the opportunity, then I might try to do that, just also depends on how everybody is playing, what the weather is like and how the course is set up,” she added.
“I think our strategy so far has worked really well, and hopefully, I can just continue to capitalize when I do give myself good looks and otherwise, just play smart,” said Henderson.
That’s.the strategy she takes into the final round, the second consecutive major in which she has been in contention after tying for second at last month’s ANA Inspiration.
For the second consecutive major, Henderson is playing in thee final group with Kim and Anna Nordqvist.That group will tee off at 8:49 a.m. local time.
“Anytime you’re in the hunt at a major championship, it’s an amazing feeling. It was disappointing a couple weeks ago at ANA,” she said.
“I feel like it’s everybody’s goal starting Thursday to be in that final group on Sunday, so it’s definitely an exciting feeling, maybe a bit of an adrenaline rush, which is great. Yeah, just continue with our strategy, our plan, play smart and just kind of see what happens,” said Henderson.
Alena Sharp shot her second consecutive 73 on Saturday and is tied for 49th at seven over through three rounds.
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