LPGA | Kang wins Tournament of Champions, Henderson second

(Orlando) Danielle Kang had a streak of five birdies in seven holes and won the LPGA Tour Tournament Tournament by three strokes on Sunday.

Posted at 3:53 p.m.
Updated at 5:47 p.m.

Jeff Babineau
The Canadian Press

Kang turned in 68 (minus-4) on the course at Lake Nona Golf Club and edged Canadian Brooke M. Henderson (70), who took second.

Kang, who finished the tournament with a cumulative score of minus-16, was the only golfer to go below 70 on Saturday and Sunday.

The 29-year-old American also proved to be the only player to go four rounds in her 60s for this tournament, claiming a sixth career LPGA title.

On his previous visit to Lake Nona, Kang had been unable to avoid the ax. When asked about it, however, she said she had no recollection of it.

Henderson didn’t bogey, but she didn’t keep pace with Kang. The Canadian had a good round putting her ball in the fairway on 12 of 14 holes and reached the green in regulation strokes 14 times.


Brooke Henderson

Gaby Lopez, one of three players to hold the lead on Sunday, had a bumpy round. After paring two shots on the front nine, she took those two shots on the back nine.

Lopez shot 72 and finished alone third at 12 under. Frenchwoman Céline Boutier (71) and American Nelly Korda (75) shared fourth place.

Final ranking

1. Danielle Kang (É.-U.) -16 (68-67-69-68)

2. Brooke Henderson (CAN) -13 (69-68-68-70)
Gabriela Lopez (MEX) -13 (67-68-69-72)

4. Celine Boutier (FRA) -10 (70-67-70-71)
Nelly Korda (É.-U.) -10 (68-66-69-75)

6. Yuka Saso (PHI) -9 (68-70-68-73)

7. Jessica Korda (É.-U.) -8 (69-67-72-72)

8. Pajaree Anannarukarn (THA) -7 (69-72-68-72)
Inbee Park (COR) -7 (71-67-70-73)

10. Matilda Castren (FIN) -4 (73-66-71-74)
Lydia Ko (NZL) -4 (71-68-71-74)

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