Brooke Henderson stumbles late, keeps Meijer LPGA lead

Posted June 19, 2017

Lexi Thompson has continued her remarkable run of form of late by taking the 54 hole lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids in MI, the 22 year old's lead a narrow one, however, just one ahead of the first and second round leader Brooke Henderson, Koreans Jenny Shin and Sung Hyun Park and South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace.

But she struggled for consistency in the last four holes, finishing bogey-double bogey-birdie-par to drop down the leaderboard into a share of 14th place with four others. "I had a good front nine, I was hitting it very solid, so I was just trying to stay positive with myself".

"Obviously I saw (Henderson) playing good, and when she's on, it's hard to beat her but I'm excited to keep fighting", said Ciganda, a two-time LPGA victor.

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Henderson displayed a mix of power and precision to card a bogey-free final round of three-under 66 on the Blythfield Country Club course, which played to a par of 69 over the weekend due to flooding on the third hole.

Thompson, coming off a crushing playoff loss on Sunday, got straight back in the saddle with five consecutive mid-round birdies en route to her 64. "It's been a little bit of a rough season so far, you know, not getting the results that I've been looking for".

Moriya Jutanugarn, Ariya Jutanugarn's older sister, was at nine under after a 66. "It's exciting. I'll just need to go out there and play well tomorrow".

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"I made that long one from off the green on 12 that wasn't really expected and that kind of gave me some energy", she said.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko, world No. 2 after an 85-week run at the top, was tied for 14th at six under after a 71.

China's Feng Shanshan, American Lexi Thompson and Henderson's Canadian counterpart Jennifer Ha are among six golfers tied for second after shooting 64. "It's made me play better the last couple of years".

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