Brooke Henderson wins CP Women's Open, first Canadian since 1973

Brooke Henderson wins CP Women's open in Regina

Brooke Henderson wins CP Women's open in Regina

"I think tomorrow, depending on the conditions, I'll have to be scoring a lot lower than I did today", she admitted.

Henderson wasn't fazed by any of it.

"There's like a million players within like five shots, so I definitely have to play my best", Henderson added.

Japan's Nasa Hataoka and Angel Yin of the United States sit one shot behind at Wascana Country Club in Regina, Saskatchewan, with world number one Park Sung-hyun of South Korea a further shot back.

"It's nice to start with a bogey-free round to actually see my golf game getting where I know it is", Uribe said. "It's just a great learning experience, and it has a really happy ending".

Henderson did so in style, pulling away with four consecutive birdies on the back nine to turn her walk up the 18th fairway into a victory parade.

After sinking a three-foot putt in the light rain to secure her place in Canadian golf lore, Brooke Henderson was showered with champagne as the crowd serenaded her with an impromptu rendition of O Canada. "This was a big dream and a big goal for all of us, and I think it's just a cumulative effort of all of us that gave me the chance to be able to lift that".

Henderson raised her arms in the air in victory and hugged her sister Brittany, who was on her bag all week.

The crowd started belting O Canada as Henderson was mobbed by friends, family and other players. "By the back nine, I adjusted to it".

Henderson shot 66 on the first two days and had a 70 on Saturday, finishing with an overall total of 21-under 267.

Australians Minjee Lee (68) and Su Oh (69) were seven strokes off the pace in a fourth-place tie with South Korea's Amy Yang (68) and American Austin Ernst (69).

The winner's prize of $337,500 USA boosted Henderson's season total to $1,283,381 and increased her career LPGA Tour earnings - she turned pro before the 2015 season - to $4,612,964.

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Although he missed out his first tournament win since the Portugal Masters in 2016, there were many positives to take. The 29-year-old Italian birdied the 16th and 17th as he ended on 22 under after a five-under-par 67.

"I definitely feel like it was meant to be this week", Henderson said. "Everything just kind of seemed to fall my way".

Jocelyne Bourassa is the only other Canadian to win the national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1973 at Montreal Municipal in the inaugural La Canadienne - the event that became the major du Maurier Classic, then the current non-major in 2001.

Henderson won the LOTTE Championship in April in Hawaii for her sixth LPGA Tour title.

Ariya Jutanugarn continues to lead the LEADERS Top 10 competition with 13 top-10 finishes of the 2018 season.

Starting the day with a one-shot lead, Henderson was aggressive but smart on an overcast, chilly morning. She has set aside her own career as a player to be Brooke's full-time caddie. She again attracted a large gallery, with fans lining the fairways to watch her.

A solid save came on the 16th when she rolled in a 22-footer for par but she struggled on the par-5 17th when her fifth shot, a nervous putt from about thee feet, didn't scare the hole. The first pairings left the tee box at 7 a.m. Yin, a Solheim Cup champion from last summer, did her best to keep her playing partner in sight but Henderson seemed to barely notice.

She even battled through rain that swept through Regina Sunday afternoon. Some players made strong runs on the back nine but there was too much ground to make up. Oh eventually tied for fourth, seven shots back of the victor. When the pressure was at its highest, the Canadian seemed to make nearly every shot look easy. A group of young boys, previously clad in Rider green, shed their jerseys to put on "Team Henderson" t-shirts. Approach shots were usually in tight and the putter was working.

"This one (is) probably the trophy I've wanted the most", Henderson said. "It's just wonderful and a dream come true". She had some middling results last spring and missed a few cuts.

In addition, both of Henderson's grandfathers died this year. She was thinking about them throughout the tournament. "I think down the stretch tomorrow I'll just really have to stay focused and grind it out".

"I think I put up a good fight", said Yin, who endured temperatures that topped out at around 14 celsius. She's captured six titles including the KPMG PGA Women's Championship, a major. Hamilton's Alena Sharp (71) was at 6 under, two shots ahead of Quebec City's Anne-Catherine Tanguay (73).

The 2019 CP Women's Open will be played at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

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