OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) â Brooke Henderson made a big move Saturday in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to the delight of her many home fans.
The 19-year-old major champion from nearby Smiths Falls shot a course-record 8-under 63 to get into contention at Ottawa Hunt, finishing before most of the other leaders even teed off.
“I knew I had to get going,” Henderson said. “Today is moving day, and I moved, that’s for sure.”
A day after birdieing the par-5 18th to make the weekend cut on the number, Henderson had eight birdies in her bogey-free round to reach 7 under â leaving her three strokes behind third-round leaders Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin.
“I felt like I could make something happen,” Henderson said. “I made putts that I didn’t even know I could make, and I made shots that were just great.”
Larsen, an LPGA Tour rookie from Denmark, birdied two of the last three holes for a 66.
“I’ve made 21 birdies so far, so I know it’s scorable,” Larsen said.
Five-time LPGA Tour winner Sophie Gustafson is serving as Larsen’s caddie.
“It’s our first week together,” Larsen said. “But she’s definitely a help out there. We’re just trying to kind of play our game for three holes and then we go three holes and starting a new game. That’s kind of kept me in the birdie moment. It’s been really good so far. I’m sure she will help me tomorrow.”
Martin birdied the final two holes for a 67. She won the 2014 Women’s British Open for her lone tour title.
“I had another solid front and then a hot back nine, so that’s a good combination here,” Martin said. “Pretty much just continuing the momentum from the last couple days.”