OTTAWA | Brooke Henderson was heading for a good day at the office on Saturday, at a golf club of which she is an honorary member. On the back nine, rather than climbing into the top 10, gaffes dropped him to 60th.
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By adding four shots to par from the 12th to the 15th pennant, notably due to a double bogey on par 3 from the 13th, the Canadian literally shot herself in the foot.
“Fun and Weird”
“Golf is so fun and weird,” she said after handing over her 73 (+2) card on Saturday. I could have easily gone -9 after 11 holes, but I missed two putts on the 10th and 11th. And then I delivered a memorable back nine, but not for the right reasons.
“It’s hard to swallow, because everything could have changed in the opposite direction,” she replied. I could have ended up in the top 10 for the final round. I made too many mistakes and I fell very far in the standings. »
The crowd favorite now has nothing to lose in the final round. She hopes that the spectators will remain faithful to her in the morning, even if she is no longer in the race for the top of the table.
Because the Korean leaders Hye-Jin Choi and Narin An are far ahead with cumulative records of -16. South African Paula Reto, meanwhile, fell to third place despite a score of 67 (-4) on Saturday.
Behind follow the Americans Sarah Schmelzel and Nelly Korda at -14. If Korda were to claim her first victory of the season on the LPGA Tour, she would regain her world No. 1 crown that she lost at the end of last January.
An organization to the angels
On the eve of the final round, Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum gave an update on the success of the Women’s Open on the Ottawa Hunt fairways.
On the border of two provinces, 60 km from the birthplace of national golf idol, Brooke Henderson, and with a strong field of 82 of the world’s top 100 golfers, the tournament is on course to break a new record. assistance.
According to forecasts, around 75,000 spectators will have passed through the club’s turnstiles over the course of the four rounds, despite the rainy day on Friday.
This is a 55% increase from the 2019 edition, which took place in suburban Toronto, and 27% from the previous visit to the Ottawa Hunt in 2017. The record of 55,000 spectators had been established there.