Friday, July 01, 2016

Defending Champ Brooke Henderson Takes 

Lead in Portland

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Brooke Henderson, 18, has already captured two LPGA titles, including a major championship, since turning pro in 2014.

PORTLAND, Oregom. (AP) -- Defending champion Brooke Mackenzie Henderson shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic
Picking up where she left off from a year ago, when Henderson shot a 21-under 267 to win her first LPGA tournament, the 18-year-old Canadian, who is proud of her Scottish ancestry,  hit 16 greens and made nine birdies on a warm, cloudless day at the 6,476-yard Columbia Edgewater course.
Henderson said a combination of factors allows her to feel at home at Columbia Edgewater.
"I love tree-lined courses, and that's very much what this course is. With the bent grass, which is kind of what I grew up on, I really like it. It suits my eye," Henderson said. "Then winning here, that gives me those extra vibes and adrenaline, which I think will help as the week goes on. This golf course, being out here in the Northwest, in the beautiful temperature, I like wearing long sleeves and pants."
Angela Stanford, Demi Runas and Mariajo Uribe each shot 67 to trail Henderson.
Runas, whose best career finish is a tie for 25th, and Uribe are looking for their first LPGA victories. Stanford lost in a playoff in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge, which has previously played host to the Portland Classic. Uribe and Stanford shot bogey-free rounds.
Stanford, who tied for fourth last week in Arkansas, is somewhat of a surprise among the leaders. She hasn't had much success at the Portland Classic, her best finish a tie for eighth in 12 tries.
"Poana greens are usually not very friendly to me. It's nice to watch the ball go in the hole here. I haven't always played well here, so I tried to just put that on the back burner and see if I could carry it over from last week, and it did," Stanford said.
Carlota Ciganda, Jaye Marie Green, Ayako Uehara and Daniela Iacobelli shot 68. Four strokes back at 69 are No. 18 Suzann Pettersen, Sarah Jane Smith, Lee-Anne Pace, Briana Mao and Jiayi Zhou.
Pettersen is a two-time Portland winner, claiming the 2011 and 2013 tournaments.
No. 15 Anna Nordqvist is among 12 players at 70. No. 9 Stacy Lewis shot even-par 72, as did Austin Ernst, the 2014 Portland champion.
Henderson, starting early in the morning on the back nine, was only 1-under through seven holes. But she birdied three of the next four holes, then finished on fire while playing the front nine, making consecutive birdies on holes 5 through 8. Henderson just missed a fifth consecutive birdie, sliding a 15-foot putt past the left side of the hole at the par-4 ninth.
It was a bogey at the par-4, 391-yard fourth that helped ignite Henderson's string of four consecutive birdies.
"That was a dumb hole ... a hole with my length I could have taken advantage of. The bogey bothered me a little. I knew I had two par-5s coming up, so I tried to focus on them," Henderson said.
In her last six rounds at Columbia-Edgewater, counting last year's Monday qualifier, Henderson is 32-under par, all six rounds in the 60s.
Last year, Henderson won the Portland Classic by eight strokes, and became the third youngest champion in LPGA Tour history. Since winning her maiden event, Henderson has soared to become No. 2 ranked, and two weeks ago won the Women's PGA Championship.
Henderson is attempting to become Portland's first back-to-back champion since Annika Sorenstam won the 2002 and 2003 tournaments.
The Portland Classic is normally played in late August, but moved up because the LPGA is taking three weeks off for the Olympics. 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.
The Portland Classic is the LPGA Tour's longest-running non-major, now in its 45th year. The purse is $1.3 million, with $195,000 going to the winner.
par 72

1 Brooke Mackenzie Henderson   65

T2 Mariajo Uribe 67

T2 Demi Runas 67

T2 Angela Stanford 67

T5 Daniela Iacobelli 68

T5 Ayako Uehara 68

T5 Carlota Ciganda 68

T5 Jaye Marie Green 68

T9 Jiayi Zhou 69

T9 Briana Mao 69

T9 Lee-Anne Pace 69

T9 Sarah Jane Smith 69

T9 Suzann Pettersen 69

T14 Prima Thammaraks 70

T14 Mariel Galdiano 70

T14 Vicky Hurst 70

T14 Gaby Lopez 70

T14 Anna Nordqvist 70

T14 Megan Khang 70

T14 P.K. Kongkraphan 70

T14 Chella Choi 70

T14 Pernilla Lindberg 70

T14 Yani Tseng 70

T14 Wei-Ling Hsu 70

T14 Christel Boeljon 70

T26 Julieta Granada 71

T26 Kim Kaufman 71

T26 Candie Kung 71

T26 Paula Reto 71

T26 Sakura Yokomine 71

T26 Cristie Kerr 71

T26 Karine Icher 71

T26 Holly Clyburn 71

T26 Cheyenne Woods 71

T26 Annie Park 71

T26 Tiffany Joh 71

T26 Mo Martin 71

T26 Dani Holmqvist 71

T26 Joanna Klatten 71

T26 Lee Lopez 71

T41 Elizabeth Nagel 72

T41 Lisa Ferrero 72

T41 Nannette Hill 72

T41 Kristy McPherson 72

T41 Katie Burnett 72

T41 Austin Ernst 72

T41 Morgan Pressel 72

T41 Brittany Altomare 72

T41 Alena Sharp 72

T41 Brianna Do 72

T41 Ginger Howard 72

T41 Katherine Kirk 72

T41 Sarah Kemp 72

T41 Giulia Molinaro 72

T41 Becky Morgan 72

T41 Alejandra Llaneza 72

T41 Lindy Duncan 72

T41 Stacy Lewis 72

T41 Karrie Webb 72

T41 Kris Tamulis 72

T41 Felicity Johnson 72

T41 Benyapa Niphatsophon 72

T41 Amy Anderson 72

T64 Mina Harigae 73

T64 Haeji Kang 73

T64 Min Lee 73

T64 Catriona Matthew 73

T64 Cydney Clanton 73

T64 Jacqui Concolino 73

T64 Cyna Marie Rodriguez 73

T64 Casey Grice 73

T64 Dewi Claire Schreefel 73

T64 Sandra Changkija 73

T64 Stephanie Kono 73

T64 Paz Echeverria 73

T64 Jane Rah 73

T64 Giulia Sergas 73

T64 Belen Mozo 73

T64 Dori Carter 73

T80 Amelia Lewis 74

T80 Caroline Westrup 74

T80 Mika Miyazato 74

T80 Marina Alex 74

T80 Ashleigh Simon 74

T80 Amy Hung 74

T80 Maria McBride 74

T80 Ashli Bunch 74

T80 Ji Young Oh 74

T80 Celine Herbin 74

T80 Kelly Shon 74

T80 In-Kyung Kim 74

T80 Rachel Rohanna 74

T93 Marissa Steen 75

T93 Nicole Jeray 75

T93 Caroline Hedwall 75

T93 Tracy Stanford 75

T93 Sadena Parks 75

T93 Caroline Inglis 75

T93 Mariah Stackhouse 75

T93 Christina Kim 75

T93 Jennifer Song 75

T93 Jane Park 75

T93 Christine Song 75

T93 Karlin Beck 75

T105 Candy Hannemann 76

T105 Bertine Strauss 76

T105 Jaclyn Jansen 76

T105 Anne-Catherine Tanguay 76

T105 Budsabakorn Sukapan 76

T105 Wendy Ward 76

T105 Simin Feng 76

T105 Caroline Masson 76

T105 Nontaya Srisawang 76

T105 Ai Miyazato 76

T105 Alison Lee 76

T105 A.J. Eathorne 76

T105 Natalie Gulbis 76

T105 Laetitia Beck 76

T105 Lorie Kane 76

T105 Naomi Eun Young Ko 76

T105 Ashlan Ramsey 76

T105 Ssu-Chia Cheng 76

T123 Lizette Salas 77

T123 Min Seo Kwak 77

T123 Julie Yang 77

T123 Alison Walshe 77

T123 Brandie Burton 77

T123 Samantha Richdale 77

T123 Cindy LaCrosse 77

T130 Stephanie Meadow  78

T130 Michelle McGann 78

T130 Pannarat Thanapolboonyar   78

T130 Heather Bowie Young 78

T130 Sydnee Michaels 78

T130 Marion Ricordeau 78

T136 Mindy Kim 79

T136    Hannah Collier 79

T138  Moira Dunn 80

T138   Sydney Maluenda 80

T138   Victoria Elizabeth 80

141 Grace Na 82