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A lot had occurred in a chaotic closing spherical of the Evian Championship — a spectator unwittingly choosing up a stray ball, a pair of four-putts within the closing group, a seven-way tie for the lead — that it was onerous to know what to anticipate as Brooke Henderson walked down the green on the 72nd gap.
The Canadian was in a share of the lead with LPGA rookie Sophia Schubert and had simply had a fortunate escape when her wild hook off the tee on the par-5 No. 18 flew into timber and bounced out to relative security.
Now in the course of the green, may Henderson make birdie to win the second main title of her profession, six years after her first on the Women’s PGA Championship in 2016 when she was solely 18?
Henderson dealt with the strain, hitting her third shot to eight toes and rolling within the putt for an even-par spherical of 71. She was soaked in champagne by fellow gamers after clinching a one-stroke victory that definitely did not come straightforward.
“Positively not my greatest as we speak,” Henderson mentioned. “I simply tried to remain affected person and remind myself that I used to be nonetheless in it.
“I made some clutch putt and photographs down the stretch which actually helped.”
In spite of everything, Henderson went into Sunday with a two-stroke lead and having barely been out of place all week at Evian Resort Golf Membership in rounds of 64, 64 and 68.
That was worn out after the primary gap, although, due to a birdie from enjoying accomplice So Yeon Ryu (73) and a bogey from Henderson.
So started the craziness of the ultimate spherical of the fourth main of the yr, when there have been 13 modifications to the lead.
At No. 5, Ryu had a double bogey to reward Henderson a three-stroke lead. On the subsequent gap, Henderson additionally four-putted for a double and noticed her lead slip to 1.
By that point, Olympic champion Nelly Korda — who began six photographs behind Henderson however was quickly solely three behind — had pushed her strategy shot into the tough close to a path and seen a spectator wander as much as the ball and choose it up.
The ball had to get replaced to a greatest estimate of the place it was picked up, and Korda went on to make a double of her personal.
Henderson was knocked out of the lead for the primary time — if solely briefly — when Schubert made birdie at No. 12 to maneuver onto 15 underneath, breaking a seven-way tie for first place.
Henderson managed to maintain tempo with Schubert with birdies at Nos. 14 and 15, and a clutch par putt at No. 16.
The pair had been tied for the lead after reaching the 18th, with Schubert enjoying within the group forward of Henderson.
Schubert performed it higher however her birdie putt got here to relaxation barely an inch from the cup — she needed to accept a 68 — simply after Henderson had despatched away her ugly drive.
Henderson chipped out into the green and pulled off her fourth birdie of the day, three of them coming within the closing six holes.
She completed on 17-under 267.
“I stayed fairly affected person, as affected person as I may underneath the circumstances,” Henderson mentioned. “Going into the again 9, the saying is that majors are received on the again 9 on Sunday so I simply tried to maintain that mind set and knew I used to be nonetheless in it if I had a stable again (9).”
Schubert, who began the ultimate spherical 4 off the lead, virtually received in simply her second main as knowledgeable. Taking part in her first yr on the LPGA Tour, she hadn’t had a top-10 end earlier than this week.
5 gamers had been tied for third an additional shot again: Mao Saigo (64), Lydia Ko (66), Charley Hull (67), Hyo Joo Kim (67) and Carlota Ciganda (68).
Korda, who holed from a greenside bunker for eagle at No. 9 and someway discovered herself in that seven-way tie for the lead, made eight pars and a bogey in her again 9 and completed tied for eighth — 4 behind Henderson — after a 69.