Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Brooke Henderson Steals Show at CP Women's Open despite Coming Up Short

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Brooke Henderson Steals Show at CP Women's Open despite Coming Up Short

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Henderson steals show at CP Women's Open

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OTTAWA - Cristie Kerr waved at her caddy to stop for a second on the 18th fairway of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. Mirim Lee and her bagman also held up.

Brooke Henderson, the third member of their trio for the final round of the CP Women's Open, marched ahead with her sister and caddy Britt in tow, the standing ovation from the gallery theirs alone. Although Henderson had an even par round to finish at 7-under in a tie for 12th on Sunday, she was the star of the LPGA event all week and it was only fitting she had one last moment on the course with her legions of fans.

"It was amazing," said Henderson minutes before accepting the Sandra Post Medal as the tournament's low Canadian from the award's namesake. "The crowds were incredible, and to have that support behind me from the very start of the week, Monday, when they were out here following me and cheering me on, it was so amazing.

"Today didn't go quite as well as I would have liked, but still having that support around me was amazing, and I'm going to remember this week forever."

South Korea's Sung Hyun Park shot a 7-under 64 to finish at 13-under par to win the tournament, but she was almost an afterthought for the partisan crowd.

The 19-year-old Henderson, from nearby Smiths Falls, Ont., was on the covers of programs, played pro-ams, appeared on billboards, and did everything asked of her to be an ambassador for the event. On Friday, she almost missed the cut but birdied on her final hole of the second round to keep playing. The next day, Henderson fired a course-record 8-under 63 to rocket up the leaderboard and play in the second-last group in Sunday's final round.

"She had so much pressure on her this week," said Kerr, who played with Henderson in the first, second and final rounds. "You know, more than a major, I told her. …

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