She could have gone one of two ways after a double bogey on No. 6 in the third round of the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open, but nine-time LPGA Tour champion Brooke Henderson rebounded quickly and erased any thoughts of her moving day going south.
The Canadian captured back-to-back birdies at Nos. 7 and 8 to make the turn at even par. Henderson then fired a bogey-free, 4-under par 32 on the back nine of Wilshire Country Club for a 67 on day three in Los Angeles.
“When you have bad holes, it is really important to stay patient and keep doing what you are doing,” said Henderson, who hit 14 greens in regulation. “I didn’t really do anything wrong, just kind of one shot that got away from us and ended up making a big number. Tried to stay in the moment and continue to hit good shots. I think it’s important to get birdies back right away, and nice we were able to do that.”
Henderson’s effort on Friday punched her ticket into the final grouping of the final round, her first this year. She will join 54-hole leader Jessica Korda and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko off No. 1 tee at 1:05 p.m. PT tomorrow.
“Finally feeling a little bit comfortable with the putter. Really nice to finish my last few holes with a lot of long putts being made,” Henderson said. “It's really exciting, made a lot of birdies this week and given myself a lot of great chances. I’m a few shots back, but hopefully go out and continue to play solid golf.”