Brooke Henderson is a major title winner once again.
The 24-year-old Canadian golfer, who was amongst the pack of leaders since the tournament began Thursday, July 21, kept up momentum throughout the weekend and drained an 8-foot putt for a birdie on No.18 to claim victory with a one stroke lead. The win is her second major title in six years, having previously won the Women’s PGA Championship at just 18 years old in 2016.
The even-for-par 71 Sunday round was not without tight competition from LPGA rookie Sophia Schubert, who finished second.
Although Henderson prevailed as the champion on Sunday, July 24, the final round was not without error. In fact, Henderson’s Sunday round included more blunders than her previous three days of play. She started the final round with a bogey on No.1, but that would not be her last of the day. A double bogey on No.6 and bogey on No.11 would be recorded before she could claim her major title. Four birdies on the back nine would close the gap between herself and rookie Schubert.
Ultimately, the final birdie recorded on the last hole would be the most important shot of the weekend and gave her the one-stroke advantage over Schubert, for a total score of 17-under that led to her claiming her second major title.
Schubert, an Epson Tour graduate, cried happy tears for her impressive play over the course of the weekend that resulted in her second place finish. Schubert bogeyed No.2 for her only scorecard error of the day and finished her front nine with one birdie on No.6. Back-to-back birdies on No.11 and 12, with a final birdie of the weekend on No.15, propelled her to tie Henderson as she went into the clubhouse to await the final results. Ultimately, her 16-under score would not be enough to force a playoff. Nonetheless, Schubert’s play made her the rookie to watch.
At just one stroke behind Schubert, the same difference in being a major title winner, five players would tie for third place, as Mao Saigo, Lydia Ko, Charley Hull, Hyo Joo Kim and Carlota Ciganda finished their time at the Evian Resort Golf Club at 15-under for the weekend.
The $4.5 million dollar purse resulted in Henderson walking away with $1 million, Schubert with $586,262 and third place pocketed $283,420.