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.