Henderson romps to victory at McKayson NZ Women’s Open

Canadian Brooke Henderson has made light work of the challenging conditions to run away from the field to win the Mckayson New Zealand Women’s Open by five shots.

The world number 12 claims her fifth LPGA title and second of the year with clinical rounds of 65, 70, 67 and a remarkable final round of 69 in extremely challenging conditions.

Henderson made light of the still gusty conditions to see off challenges from China’s Jing Yan (-12) and Korea’s Hee Young Park (-11).

The classy new champion closed out her victory with a sensation birdie on the 72nd hole to send the passionate golf gallery into roars of support.

“This is so amazing to get my first win outside of North America, my fifth win on the LPGA Tour, it is incredible. It is a dream come true and to do it in New Zealand – I am really excited to be here,” Henderson said.

“Brittany (her sister and caddy) and I did an extremely awesome job of adapting to those conditions. All day yesterday I was trying to overcome that one shot deficit in case the tournament got cut short. That drive and that push to keep making birdies is what got me in this position.

Hometown favourite Lydia Ko briefly pulled into contention when she eagled the par four 15th by holing her approach, however the former world number one doubled bogied the 17th and then triple bogied the final hole to drop down the leaderboard.

“I played really solid pretty much apart from the last two holes,” a philosophical Ko said. “It was a tough finish but overall my game was solid and there were a lot of positives coming from two good finishes to give me the confidence coming into this week.

“I had hoped a few more putts would have dropped but I think I am saying that almost every week. There’s always something left to improve.

“But overall the crowds here this week were really the cool aspect for me I don’t get to come home very often – but it gave me goosebumps and made me proud to play this event and have it as a LPGA event.”

The leading amateur was New Zealand-based Korean Ayean Cho who was tied for 17th on six-under par.





The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open is a cornerstone event on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the trophy has returned home to New Zealand for the first time in 14 long years after Michael Hendry won in an exciting playoff at the surrounded island green at Millbrook Resort.

Next year's event has had a slight date change with the tournament to be played a week earlier from 1-4 of March. The tournament will be hosted at two of the country’s finest golf courses once again, The Hills and Millbrook Resort.

The event incorporates a unique Pro-Am format that brings together a prestigious blend of Professional and Amateur golfers.

The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open will include a minimum field of 140 amateurs and 140 professionals playing alongside one another. The professional golfers will compete for the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open title whilst simultaneously a pairing of one professional and one amateur will play a best-ball format for the New Zealand Pro-Am Championship.

The field will be split across The Hills and Millbrook Resort for the first round of competition with all players alternating to the other course for the second round.

After the second round is completed the top 60 + ties professionals will continue to the final two rounds during the weekend at either Millbrook Resort or The Hills which is yet to be decided for 2018.

For the Pro-Am teams, the top 40 pairings will progress to compete in round three before a third round cut will see the top 10 Pro-Am teams progress to the final round on Sunday afternoon in front of large local galleries.

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    1 Duff, Stuart 59.84
    2 Kobori, Kazuma 59.70
    3 Yeo, Sung Jin 52.08
    4 Brettkelly, Dominic 51.76
    5 Tautari Jr, Mathew 50.24
    1 Cho, Ayean 96.00
    2 Hung, Juliana 80.00
    2 Lu, Vivian 80.00
    4 Lee, Jeong Hyun 57.60
    5 Orchard, Kellie 48.00