Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, South Korea's Inbee Park and China's Shanshan Feng, the world's top-ranked player, tied for third place at 7 under. "They're always going to be in our thoughts and prayers". Her final-round 3-under 69 left her at 12 under, four ahead of Azahara Munoz, whose 67 was the low round on a very hard scoring day. Her 74 was only her second over-par round of the year. She has never finished worse than 11th at Ko Olina.
"I would've liked it (her lead) to be a lot more, but one shot is good", Henderson said.
Young Canadian Brooke Henderson will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA's Lotte Championship despite a frustrating day.
Henderson came into the week ranked 14th and in a comfort zone.
Kiwi Lydia Ko shot a two-under par 70 but is well off the pace, 10 shots behind Henderson.
Club types (with tongue in cheek and her sponsors in mind): "I have five brands in this bag".
Defending champ Cristie Kerr (2 over) wound up at 4 over, leaving her tied for 44th.
"I'm hitting the ball the best I could remember", Munoz said. My first couple years out here I kind of freaked out whenever it got windy. "And, being the leader since early Thursday, that does add a little of pressure".
The only Canadian ever to record more LPGA wins than Henderson was Sandra Post, who had eight victories from 1968-81.
Munoz and Jutanugarn put together the only serious charges of the final round. Both came up a few holes short.
The Canadian followed her opening 68 with a superb six-under-par 66 today to reach 10 under, two clear of American Mo Martin and Chinese world No.1 Shanshan Feng with another two shots back to the rest of the field, including Sweden's recent ANA Inspiration victor Pernilla Lindberg. Sixteen people died when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a junior team in the Saskatchewan league, crashed last week when a tractor trailer collided with it. Henderson played her rounds with green and yellow ribbon in her hair, the teams colors. She shares fifth with Lizette Salas, three back of Henderson.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., tied for 50th at 5 over.