New Zealand Women’s Open. Monday Win For Brooke Henderson

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Brooke Henderson of Canada cruised to a Monday win at the New Zealand Women’s Open at Windross Farm Golf Course.

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Brooke carded a final round -3 under 69 to win the New Zealand Women’s Open with a -17 under par total, giving her a five shot winning margin;

“That is the toughest conditions I have played in terms of winds, rain and delays; and how long it took to play a round of golf.”

“I feel mentally drained by it but running on adrenaline to know this trophy is mine.” 

Jing Yan of China claimed second place with a last round -1 under 71, and a total of -12 under par.

Hee Young Park, South Korea was in third position, she signed for a final round -3 under 69 to have third place to herself at -11 under par.

Belen Mozo of Spain finished in a tie for fifth alongside fellow countrywoman Beatriz Recari and  Su Oh, Australia, with tournament host Lydia Ko tied for 22nd place at -5 under par.

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New Zealand Women’s Open. Weather Wins, Monday Finish.

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The weather wins in the Sunday final round of the New Zealand Women’s Open as foul and ferocious weather brought proceedings to a halt, with Brooke Henderson of Canada leading.

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Brooke was leading the New Zealand Women’s Open when play was finally brought to close, after a few delays on the day, recording -3 under from six final round holes for a -17 under par total.

Brittany Linicome, USA, -2 under through six holes and Belen Mozo, Spain, +2 over through the same six holes, they share second place at -13 under par for the tournament.

Brooke is looking a strong favorite right now, but we will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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New Zealand Women’s Open. Belen Leads, Brooke Is Close Behind.

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Belen Mozo of Spain leads the New Zealand Women’s Open, but Brooke Henderson from Canada is very close behind at Windross Farm Golf Course.

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Belen held onto the New Zealand Women’s Open lead with a third round -1 under par. 71, to top the leaderboard at -15 under par. But one shot back at -14 under is Brooke, who carded -5 under 67 today.

Belen admitted it was a grind out there today, after yesterdays magic round;

“It was a grind-out day for sure. I had to talk to my caddie in the middle of the round because obviously I couldn’t compare the golf I was playing today with the golf that I played yesterday under perfect conditions.”

“I was able to manage bad shots better than yesterday, and converted a not-so-good round into an under-par round, so that’s fine.” 

“It was a tough day out there and I feel like sometimes I played too safe and it was costing me.”

 “I was very happy when I converted those long birdies when I missed a shot.” 

Brooke was happy with her score in tough conditions;

“I am extremely happy with my five under, especially with no bogeys on the card because it was really tough conditions, with the wind really picking up especially on our back nine.”

“My chipping was probably the key today. I got up and down a bunch of times especially early in the round that kept me in it.”

 “I have played really well in all three rounds this week and I have some good momentum going into tomorrow.”

“I am excited to be in the spot I am in right now and hopefully I can go out tomorrow and make a lot more birdies and see what happens.” 

Tied in third place are Brittany Lincicome USA, -6 under 66 today; and Jing Yan of China, -3 under 69, both ladies at -11 under par for the tournament.

Brittany and rain are not the best of friends, and rain is forecast tomorrow;

“The golf course sets up for my game. I can bomb it on most holes and not get into too much trouble or I can hit three wood and still get it down there.”

“It just depends on the weather tomorrow.”

“I like to think I am good under the pressure of weather, but me and wet weather are not the best of friends, so hopefully it will pass through like it did today with a couple of showers.”

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New Zealand Women’s Open. Belen Mozo Magic.

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Belen Mozo used some magic to ascend to the top of the New Zealand Women’s Open leaderboard at Windross Farm Golf Club.

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Belen, from Spain was thrilled to card a hole in one, at the par three 13th, on her way to carding -8 under 64 in the second round of the New Zealand Women’s Open, to top the leaderboard at the half way stage with a -14 under par total. It could have been much better except for a double bogey 5 at the next par three.

Belen thought she had won the car as a prize, but that  was only on offer at the week-end, this was her response at the news;

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Sitting in second place, five shots back at -9 under par are  rookies Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, -5 under 67 today,  Emily Tubert, USA, with a bogey free -7 under par 65, and Major champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada with -2 under 70.

Emily was happy with her good round, with the help of her new caddie;

“It is my best in a while, it has been a frustrating few years so it is nice to see a low score out there.”

“My caddy told me to be patient after the slow start and it would be a matter of time before they started to drop.” 

“I think the biggest thing is just the information and then empowering me to then own it. I haven’t quite owned it on the course, like it’s easier to do on the range, but it’s getting better.”

Lydia Ko, from New Zealand had a bogey free -4 under 68 today, which took her to -6 under par and T 12 for the tournament, eight shots off the lead.

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New Zealand Women’s Open. Jodi and Brooke Share1st Round Lead.

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Two ladies share the 1st lead at the New Zealand Women’s Open Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, and Brooke Henderson from Canada. This is the first ever LPGA sanctioned event to be contested in New Zealand.

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Jodi, bogey free, and Brooke who threw in one bogey, both carded -7 under par 65 playing alongside of each other in the first round of the New Zealand Women’s Open at  Windross Farm Golf Club.

Jodi, who putted well today enjoyed playing alongside Brooke;

“There was a good vibe in the group. Brooke was playing great, there were a lot of birdies and a great environment to be in.”

“I putted well today. I think the greens are great”

“They are running really true. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

“I didn’t expect to play as well as I did, my last tournament I missed the cut at the Evian.”

“My confidence wasn’t too high coming in this week.”

Brooke gained a lot of confidence from today’s round;

“To shoot minus seven on a golf course that I didn’t think completely suited my game is really exciting.”

“My fast start really set-up my round and gave me a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence.”

Sharing third place at -6 under par after their opening rounds of 66 are Amy Boulden, , from Wales, and Belen Mozo of Mexico, both ladies bogey free.

Best placed Kiwi is Lydia Ko, tied 20th at -2 under par following her first round -2 under par 70;

“It makes you proud to play in your national open and being an LPGA event these world’s best golfers are getting this experience in our backyard, and to see all the crowds then these are the positives for these players.”

“This was really good start.”

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LPGA. Brooke Henderson to Play in New Zealand.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, is to tee it up this year at the New Zealand Women’s Open, at Windross Farm Golf Course. in Auckland from 28 September to 1 October 2017.

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Brooke is the current US PGA Women’s Champion, and she will join current World #2  Lydia Ko to contest the first ever LPGA event to held in New Zealand;

“I am super excited to go to New Zealand golf. I have always wanted to go.”

 “I have heard so much about the culture and the landscape there.”

“Lydia is from there and we have become friends these last few years and so I am excited to go and check out where she is from.”

“Lydia really is amazing and such a nice person as well. I look up to her and I think we both have fed off each other a little bit.”

“I am always chasing her and her accomplishments have helped me chase after my goals as well.”

“To have my sister caddy and travel with me; we are together 24 hours seven days a week,  it is so cool.”

“She is my best friend, she is my caddy and she looks after hotel accommodations and things like that. I owe a lot to her to have her by my side all the time.”

New Zealand Women’s Open. Lydia Wins.

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Lydia Ko wins the New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.

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Defending Champion Lydia took control of the New Zealand Women’s Open with a final round -2 under par 70, to post -10 under par winning total, and a two shot victory.

There was some drama before Lydia started her final round when an earthquake hit Christchurch, lasting for about 20 seconds.

“It was interesting, I’ve never been on a golf course where there is an earthquake.”

“It was a lucky I wasn’t out there playing because I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of my swing and the ball moves somewhere else.”

“I thought it was pretty cool.” 

“I had my earphones on so I didn’t know if I was getting in the rhythm of the song,  [caddie] Jason thought it was the beer kicking in from last night so there was a lot of thoughts.”

“To defend a tournament is one thing but to play well in your national open in front of so many people here makes it extra special.”

“It is a week to remember.”

There were three ladies tied in second position at -8 under par, Felicity Johnson, -5 under 67 today, South Korean amateur Hye Jin Choi, -3 under 69, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, -2 under 70 today.