On a day when Brooke Henderson thrilled hometown crowds, it was an LPGA Tour rookie and former major champion who sat atop the leaderboard heading into Sunday’s finale at the CP Women’s Open.
Henderson got things started in a big way early Saturday, birdieing three of her first six holes. She was bogey-free during the third round, and ended up shooting a course-record 8-under 63, topping the previous 64 record set by Yani Tseng in 2008.
Henderson sits three shots back of LPGA Tour rookie Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin, whose only win on Tour came at the 2014 RICOH Women’s British Open.
What a difference 24 hours makes. On Friday, Henderson needed a birdie just to make the 36-hole cut. On Saturday, she’s just three strokes off the lead.
To quote Henderson – “I moved.”
The Canadian darling absolutely lit up Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club during Saturday’s Moving Day, dropping eight birdies en route to a course-record 63 and ensuring her adoring fans would again flock to the course Sunday.
“It was just like the perfect day,” said Henderson, whose 63 ties her career-low round on the LPGA Tour. “I hit the ball extremely well. Mentally I was right on. I felt in the zone as a lot of athletes call it. I felt like I was in the best place of mind for me to play my best.”
It was a seemingly effortless morning for Henderson, who teed off at 8:50 a.m., with Brittany Altomare. She made the turn in 4-under 32, and closed out the round with back-to-back birdies in front of crowds five or six people deep around the green.
“I felt like I could make something happen,” said Henderson, who will tee of Sunday at 12:53 p.m.with Cristie Kerr and Mirim Lee. “I made putts that I didn’t even know I could make, and I made shots that were just great.”
Canadian Scores – Round 3
Brooke Henderson – 74-69-63–206 (-7)
Brittany Marchand – 73-67-72—212 (-1)