Henderson beats Ko to win her first major

MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH: Canadian Henderson, 18, poses with the trophy after winning the Women's PGA Championship in a play-off against world No. 1 Ko.


    Jun 14, 2016

    Henderson beats Ko to win her first major


    BROOKE Henderson used a brilliant putting game to become a first-time major champion on Sunday, edging world No. 1 Lydia Ko in a play-off to capture the Women's PGA Championship.

    The 18-year-old Canadian claimed the title when she rolled in a short birdie putt on the first play-off hole at the Sahalee Country Club course near Seattle, Washington.

    Henderson said the win feels like a dream.

    "I don't know whether I thought it would come true. I'm just speechless. I don't know what's going on in my head right now," she added.

    Henderson hit a superb approach on the No. 18 play-off hole as her ball landed about 20 feet inside of Ko's ball and just three feet from the cup.

    Ko, 19, settled for par on the play-off hole.

    "I thought I needed to do something special here because I didn't want to go to extra (play-off) holes, especially against her," Henderson said of her second shot in the play-off.

    "I hit a pretty solid seven iron and it rolled out pretty nicely and I was able to make the putt."

    Henderson's victory capped a fantastic day for the young guns on the LPGA Tour as the three leaders down the stretch on the final day were all 20 or younger.

    Henderson closed with a six-under 65 to finish in a tie with a six-under 278 total.

    She had to come from behind to beat Ko as she forced the play-off by draining a 50-foot putt on No. 17 and then made a 20-footer for a dramatic par-save on 18.

    New Zealand's Ko, who was seeking to win her third consecutive major championship, fired a four-under 67.

    Ko took a one shot lead into the final round and led for most of Sunday before Henderson made a late move.

    "I really didn't feel a tonne of pressure or a tonne of nerves, which is the key to shooting six under in a final round," Henderson said.

    Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, who was attempting to tie Nancy Lopez's record with a fourth straight victory on the Tour, shot a five-under 66 to finish in solo third place at five-under for the tournament.