Henderson has 1-shot lead at Marathon Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Brooke Henderson didn’t have her best stuff at the Marathon Classic, but she did enough to stay on top of the leaderboard.
The 20-year-old Canadian made three bogeys in Saturday’s third round after not dropping a shot a day earlier. A bogey on the par-3 14th dropped her into a three-way tie for the lead, but Henderson responded with a birdie on the par-5 17th to move back ahead by one stroke. She shot a 2-under 69 for a three-day total of 11-under 202 at Highland Meadows.
“I made some birdies but I made some bogeys. I didn’t hit it how I normally hit it, so I kind of grinded it out as best I could, and that’s good. That’s a good sign when you can still shoot under par and not hit it very well,” Henderson said. “Just going into tomorrow trying to get back to the way I normally strike it, and hopefully make a lot of birdies.”
Henderson has six LPGA Tour wins, including one earlier this season. This is the fifth time in her career she has held the 54-hole lead. She went on to win on three of the four prior occasions.
Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome were one stroke behind. Stanford vaulted into contention with a 6-under 65, which tied for the low round of the day.
Seeking her first win since 2012, Stanford has shot back-to-back 65s after an opening-round 73.
“I think that’s kind of what’s kept me in it,” Stanford said. “I’m seeing the lines pretty well. I didn’t have the speed the first day. I didn’t have it at all. I kind of figured it out the last two days.”