Brooke Henderson’s six-year wait for a second major championship title is over.
The Canadian ended a wild final round at the Evian Championship by rolling an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and winning by one shot on Sunday.
Henderson was drenched in champagne by fellow players on the 18th green after an even-par round of 71 in which she finished 17-under 267 and ahead of Sophia Schubert, an LPGA rookie who was one of many Henderson ran at the Evian resort golf club.
Five players finished third with another back shot: Mao Saigo (64), Lydia Ko (66), Charley Hull (67), Hyo Joo Kim (67) and Carlota Ciganda (68).
Henderson, who won the 2016 Women’s PGA Championship at the age of 18, started the final round with a two-shot lead over So Yeon Ryu. It was wiped out after the first hole thanks to a birdie from Ryu and a bogey from Henderson.
Thus began a crazy final round of the year’s fourth major, with four putts from Henderson and Ryu, a spectator picking up a ball that dribbled into the rough and landing off her feet, and – once in the back nine – a seven-way Tie for the lead.
There were 13 lead changes in all, with Henderson only – briefly – eliminated when Schubert (68) birdied in 12th place to drop to 15-under.
Henderson held himself together and managed to keep up with Schubert with birdies in 14th and 15th place. The pair led after finishing 18th, with Schubert ahead of Henderson in the group.
Schubert’s birdie putt came to a halt just under an inch from the cup just after Henderson wildly hooked off the tee, only for the ball to bounce off the trees and head back into the rough.
Henderson hung up and sent her third shot to 8 feet from 107 yards. The birdie putt never looked like it would miss, and Henderson bent her knees as the ball fell into the cup.
She was a big winner again.
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