Brooke Henderson of Canada Claims 11th LPGA Tour Win with ShopRite LPGA Classic Title

As Lindsey Weaver-Wright finished her round at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Canadian Brooke Henderson got ready.

Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ontario, had a one-shot lead over the American, but with No. 18 a par-5, the Canadian knew a playoff was a definite possibility. Sure enough, Weaver-Wright birdied the hole and forced an extra hole of golf during the LPGA event.

Henderson had spent her time waiting for Weaver-Wright and prepared.

“It was a bit of a long wait, which makes it tricky,” Henderson said. “I was just trying to eat a lot to boost the energy, and then I just went into the locker room and thought for a bit.

“I was just grateful for the chance to go out.”

Henderson’s preparation paid off in an eagle on the playoff hole — again at the par-5 No. 18 at Seaview Bay Course in Galloway, NJ — to win her 11th title on the LPGA Tour. Already the winningest professional golfer in Canadian history, her latest win added to her ongoing legacy.

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Brooke Henderson from Canada wins ShopRite LPGA Classic for 11th LPGA Tour win

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario, defeated Lindsey Weaver-Wright in a playoff to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey.

She started ninth on Sunday, well behind Sweden’s Frida Kinhult, the tournament leader after two rounds. But Kinhult faltered on Sunday with a 4-over round as Henderson came out with three birdies and an eagle on the front nine to close the gap, and two more birdies on the back nine for a bogey-free 7-under round.

“To start the day if they had said ‘you’re in a play-off to win’ I would have been super happy,” Henderson said. “I just tried to take over that mentality. With play-offs you really only have one chance, so you have to do everything you can and go to win.

“I was just trying to get solid shots and I was able to make an eagle there, which is really cool.”

Weaver-Wright, who finished her round after Henderson, birdied her last two holes to level the Canadian at 12-under overall and force the playoff.

North of the border, news began to spread about Henderson’s win at the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario, who was the low Canadian in the Men’s National Golf Championship, was delighted to hear the news.

“I’m blown away. She’s incredibly talented. Out of all Canadians, congratulations Brooke, that’s really special,” said Conners, who was Henderson’s teammate on the Canadian Olympic team at the 2021 Tokyo Games. “Eleven wins on the LPGA Tour is so great and I’m sure she’s far from done with that.

“She is an incredible young lady and of course an incredible player. So congratulations, well done and have a great party.”

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