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Teen golfer nabs victory


PORTLAND, Ore.—Brooke Henderson got her breakthrough LPGA Tour victory.

The Canadian teen will have to wait a little longer to become a tour member.

Henderson won the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes yesterday to become the third-youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at 17 years, 11 months, and six days.

Henderson closed with a three-under 69 at Columbia Edgewater to finish at 21-under 267—the lowest total since the event went from 54 holes to 72 in 2013.

“I was just trying to keep going low and trying to push it to get even further under par, which I wouldn’t have had that a couple months ago,” Henderson said.

Henderson earned $195,000 and has made $661,818 in 10 events this year.

Last year, LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan denied Henderson’s age petition—preventing her from playing Q-school.

Because she’s assured of finishing in the top 40 in earnings, Henderson will earn a tour card for 2016.

Henderson said she didn’t know if she would petition the LPGA again this week.

“I haven’t even really thought about it yet,” she admitted.

“I’m just going to celebrate tonight, and then hopefully make a decision soon and we’ll see what happens.”

Lydia Ko set the age record as an amateur in the 2012 Canadian Women’s Open at 15 years, four months, and two days.

She also won the Canadian event in 2013 at 16, and then won four times at 17.

Lexi Thompson won the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, seven months, and eight days.

Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., became the first Canadian winner since Lorie Kane in the 2001 Takefuji Classic.

“The Canadian support has been unbelievable,” she noted.

“Even the last couple days, I received a lot of Twitter messages and text messages and e-mails, just cheering me on and wishing me the best.

“I’m sure my phone is blowing up pretty badly right now.”

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