Henderson leads Portland Classic going into the final round

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 11, 2016, 4:58

PORTLAND, Ore. Defending champion Brooke Henderson and Sweden's Suzann Pettersen share the lead at 11-under 133 after today's second round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.

But Henderson collected herself and made four pars and a birdie, at the par-3 16th, during her final five holes.

"Obviously there are certain courses you play well, but you can't take anything for granted out here", Pettersen said.

“Just looking at that span and knowing how much Ive grown and how much has changed in my life, its pretty — I guess ‘special is the word, ” she said, “and I feel fortunate to have made it this far.”. But she stumbled with a double bogey at the par-three 13th to fall back, before a birdie at the par-three 16th boosted her lead.

Sunday turned into a two-player race early on the back nine, when Uribe birdied the par-4, 337-yard 11th to tie Henderson for the lead at 14-under. Henderson was aiming to become the first back-to-back Portland victor since Annika Sorenstam in 2002-03.

The 18-year-old was a returning victor for the first time in her career, and despite the extra pressure and attention that brought, got the job done, winning wire-to-wire for the second year in a row.

"I like to play a lot".

"It's cool to think I've won in three different ways", Henderson said.

"I think there are definitely holes where par is good".

"Getting the major championship win just a couple weeks ago in Washington and knowing that I can win a major championship was definitely a huge momentum changer, confidence boost", Henderson said. "I got into some trouble".

"I hope that everyone can understand that this was a very hard decision to come to, however my health and my future family's health must come first", said Pace, who is ranked 38th in the world. Im just excited to go out here and play against the girls that Ive been wanting to play with for a long time now, ” she said about her pro debut.

"I really like this golf course".

Eyebrows raised even higher when she put her LPGA aspirations first and pulled out of the Pan Am Games last summer, leaving Canada shorthanded in its own backyard. The way that my sports psychologist and I have talked about it, it's a good thing if you're nervous. The Portland stop is typically popular among the tour's best players, but with the U.S. Open scheduled for next week in California, only 13 of the world's top 50 entered this year.

It would seem unlikely that any LPGA golfer, at just 18 years of age, could be labelled dominant at any one event, but Brooke Henderson is certainly making a case for it at the Cambia Portland Classic.

The 42-year-old Australian had a 10-point round to reach 24 points at Montreux in the scoring system that awards eight points for double eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie and deducts a point for a bogey and three points for a double bogey or worse. Both Maluenda and Galdiano played as amateurs.

YOUTH IS SERVED: Mariel Galdiano earned a spot in the Portland Classic in the Monday qualifier.

The Symetra Tour is in Canadian Lakes, Michigan this week for the second playing of the Tullymore Classic.

But Stackhouse was a prodigy well before her career at Stanford.

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