Brooke Henderson ties Canadian golf record with second straight LPGA Lotte title

KAPOLEI, HAWAII—Brooke Henderson tied the Canadian record for career victories on the LPGA or PGA Tour by defending her title at the Lotte Championship.

The 21-year-old Henderson captured her eighth career title on Saturday, shooting a 2-under 70 for a 16-under total to win the event for the second year in a row at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Sandra Post had eight career victories on the LPGA Tour between 1968 and 1981, while Mike Weir and George Knudson equalled that on the PGA Tour.

“It’s really amazing to get this win and tie Sandra — and tie Mike Weir too, which is really amazing. I’m just so happy,” Henderson told the Golf Channel in her post-round interview. “You know, today was kind of a battle out there. Minjee (Lee), Nelly (Korda), they played good golf. It was just so windy. I’m just happy that I was able to come out on top.”

Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., won last year’s event in Hawaii for her sixth Tour victory, and followed that up in August 2018 by becoming the first Canadian in 45 years to win the CP Women’s Open.

She finished 16 under on Saturday at Ko Olina Golf Club to beat South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji by four strokes. Henderson bogeyed her first hole, but that was the only blemish in the final round as she followed that with three birdies and 14 pars.

Fellow Canadian and Olympic teammate Alena Sharp watched Henderson play out the round and joined her in celebration.

“Congrats my friend @BrookeHenderson! Unbelievable title defense and tying Sandra Post’s record for most wins by a Canadian on the @LPGA tour. So freaking proud of you!” tweeted Sharp, who shot a final-round 72 and finished at 2-under for 40th place.

Henderson takes home $ 300,000 for the win (all dollars U.S.). Through seven events this year, she has one victory, three top-10 finishes and one top-15 result for $ 498,151 in earnings.

Henderson, ranked No. 12 in the world, has one major among her tournament victories, winning the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at age 18 by beating Lydia Ko in a playoff.